ABOUT GARDEN OF THE GODS
THE TOP PARK IN THE UNITED STATES
GARDEN OF THE GODS Park
World-famous, Colorado-famous and award-winning, it’s no surprise that the Garden of the Gods was a park so beloved by Charles Elliott Perkins (friend of William Palmer) that it was gifted to Colorado Springs under the conditions that it be free to all visitors forever. Yes indeed, it’s a Pikes Peak region treasure that has made visitors and locals alike swoon time and again from the moment its reddish-orange rocks first peek into view.
This Rocky Mountain playground is quite Colorado in that it doesn’t have slides or swing sets or seesaws — no sir. Instead, it’s packed with miles of multi-use trails that wind amongst the towering formations and beyond, treating hikers, mountain bikers and leisure walkers to sweeping views of Pikes Peak and the foothills that create the breathtaking backdrop of Colorado Springs. Catch a glimpse of Colorado wildlife, get hands-on along some of the park’s specialty up-close-and-personal trails or bring along the camera and fill your memory cards with magic. Offering paved and dirt trails and disability access, there’s something for everyone in the park.
Colorado’s 300+ days of sunshine and often-mild temps mean that Garden of the Gods is a year-round destination, too. On any given day, you might find visitors posing comedically at Balanced Rock in the snow, sipping beer lazily in the summer sun at Balanced Rock Café, or running in the spring rain at sunset on the ridge trails that overlook the park. Fall is filled with loads of onlookers snapping pics of the color-changing countryside and, well, you get the idea.
Of course, there are more ways to get around than on foot — like a guided horseback ride led by real cowboys and cowgirls who love the Pikes Peak region and share her flora and fauna with you as you saunter the trails on beautiful, well-trained horses. You’re also welcome to cruise with wheels — and we don’t mean a car or bike (but those are rad, too). We mean Segway tours! Zip up and down the hills on your own personal, two-wheeled vehicle equipped with sturdy wheels and unfettered views. Don’t worry, you get a training lesson first!
The park is home to events like the Garden of the Gods 10-Mile Run, the Starlight Spectacular Bicycle Ride and weekly and monthly activities at the world’s coolest all-you-ever-wanted store, the historic Garden of the Gods Trading Post.
If there is one place that you simply cannot miss here in the Pikes Peak region, it’s the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Pack up the camera and hit the road. We’ll see you there!
Garden of the Gods By the Numbers
Attractions nearby Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods Trading Post
Part gift store, part art gallery, part cafe, part coffee shop, the Trading Post is a must-see on your trip!
Old Colorado City
Some of the best shopping and places to grab a bite are in Old Colorado City. Make sure you add it to your list!
This quaint mountain town at the foot of Pikes Peak is a great afternoon adventure with shopping, culture, gifts and more. It’s a great place to explore.
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MANITOU CLIFF DWELLINGS
What if you took those famous red rocks and built a home out of them? Well, these Native American’s did centuries ago!
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Space Foundation Discovery Center
Less than five minutes from Garden of the Gods Park, the Discovery Center is full of fun and learning for everyone.
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Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Choose from 3 cave tours and enjoy spectacular scenery, daring attractions and rides, and activities atop breathtaking Williams Canyon.
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Top ways to explore Garden of the Gods
Drive a car
Garden of the Gods is a very accessible park on the West side of Colorado Springs. Take I-25 to Garden of the Gods Road and head West and follow the signs. You don’t even have to get out of you car to explore.
Take a Tour
Take a trolley or Jeep tour with Adventures Out West. They know all the secret spots and the lore behind them to give you an insider peek at the park.
Biking through Garden of the Gods is a great way to get a good workout while seeing these amazing formations.
Adventures Out West also offers tours by segway. A great way to take the park a little slower with wearing yourself out.
No Colorado vacation is complete without a hike in Garden of the Gods. Trails traverse this park everywhere, so make sure you grab a map
Free Vacation Planner
Build the trip that’s just right for you – get our 2017 2017 Vacation Planner for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. Find the best attractions, save money, and plan your perfect getaway. From activities to restaurants, shops to hotels, we give you the locals’ favorites.