Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs

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Admire one of the country’s most impressive archaeological wonders at Garden of the Gods. The 552 hectare (1,364 acre) public park is famous for the dozens of freestanding red rock formations created by a geological upheaval millions of years ago. Hike through the lush green forests while admiring the towering 91 m (300 ft) formations set against the dramatic backdrop of snowcapped Pike’s Peak. Head to the park’s visitor and nature center to learn the history of the formations or to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy panoramic views of the park from the cafe terrace. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Colorado Springs using our trip planner.
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  • Very beautiful, but very crowded. Can drive through and appreciate the views, or you can park and hike to be immersed in the natural beauty.  more »
  • Garden of the Gods has truly unique landmarks that have been staples of the Colorado Springs area for decades. I have visited several times and somehow there is always something new every time I...  more »
  • My boyfriend and I went and hiked the area one day and loved it so much that we came back the next day and drove through the park! I would highly recommend for everyone to go check out Garden of the.....  more »
  • Such a cool place! This is a must stop for those who are in the area or have not been to Colorado before. The visitor center is full of cool information and findings from the park. The staff was also very helpful to guide my husband and I in the right direction since we were not from the area. They also have information on other parks and train rides. I cannot wait to come back and see it again because there is so much to see and walk through.
  • Such a cool place to hike! The rock formations are so amazing to see, and the hikes aren't hard. The coolest part personally is that you can climb on the rocks! It's fun as you hike to climb all over them, but then there are spots where you can actually set up belaying and climbing equipment and do some pretty intense climbs. In all, a really fun place to hike and see cool sights, and it's good for all ages.
  • Loved the visitor center and the park!! The visitor center has quite a number of exhibits and information on the history of how the scenic area got created. The staff were also very friendly. We also attended a simulated movie about the place's history. The special effects were good, but not great, considering the ticket prices. But we thought it was a good way to contribute to the visitor center's efforts at preserving the park. The Garden of Gods park in itself is a real beauty. One can easily spend 4-5 hours just walking and driving through the loop.
  • I ALWAYS start off my trips to Garden of the Gods at the visitor center. They have really good (and huge) pancakes. My breakfast is under $5 and I can never finish it. It comes with pancakes and sausage and it is the best way to start the day because these are the views I get to see while eating breakfast. The visitor center has a lot of great information and exhibits. They staff are beyond sweet and are really helpful!
  • The visitor and nature center at the park are pretty awesome - especially when you consider this is a City park. The trails and scenery are really second to none. The red rock is amazing and there are activities for advanced hikers and climbers as well as those of use who are getting acclimated to hiking and climbing. If you’re visiting from somewhere that usually isn’t ~5,000 above sea level, drink plenty of water and remember to breathe deep. The altitude has a way of sneaking up on you. If your wander lust leads you here, you will not be disappointed.

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