If you come near Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods is a must to visit! The park is absolutely free to visit and is a major landmark in Colorado. It is 1,367 acres of majestic beauty. There are 21 miles of hiking trails for the outdoor enthusiast. And the park is completely drivable with pull offs to see the major rock formations.
There are many ways you can “visit” the park. You can park at the visitor center off 30th street and walk in on their completely paved trail. This is our favorite and we highly recommend you take the walk.
You can park inside the park at the main parking lot and walk the central garden trails. You can visit the Trading Post inside the park for some unique souvenirs and gifts. They also have a cafe with good food. You can also drive the entire loop.
They offer tours out of the visitor center.
The visitor center has some great information and even a show on the history of Garden of the Gods that is very informative. It is open from 9-5 seven days a week.
Many people love to exercise in the park including hiking or running the trails, horseback riding, mountain biking and road biking. You can do a horseback riding tour into the park through Academy Riding Stables.
The views of Pikes Peak are just outstanding.
If you are lucky, you may even see herds of Big Horn Sheep that do live above the park. Do be careful for the occasional rattle snake siting so stay on the trails. Leashed dogs are welcome.
We would love to hear about your Garden of the Gods adventures so leave comments!