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Garden of the Gods Loop

Views From the Perimeter of the Garden
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  The Garden of the God’s really deserves more than one guide. This one takes you on a walk around the main section of the formations... more »

Tips:  Directions: Exit I-25 at Garden of the Gods exit. Drive east to the end of the road where it “T’s” into 31st St. Turn left (south) and... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

Across the street from the parking area, which is also the main entrance to the walkways of the center of the park, is a connecting path to the Palmer Trail. Get on this trail and turn left (west). It will take you into the high ground surrounding the park. Then it will bend south to the turn off for the Siamese Twins formation.

2. View Point 1

At this point you’re far enough away from the central formations to see them all at a glance. If you’re able, come later in the day so you’ll have the post meridian rays of the sun to illuminate the western sides of these magnificent rocks.

3. Siamese

Named for obvious reasons, this unique formation offers spectacular views of Pike’s Peak. If you have time, you can take advantage of the small loop trail that begins and ends here. Walking back from the Twins, you’ll leave Palmer Trail by crossing the road and picking up Buckskin Charlie. This section of the park is famous for its horse tours.... More

4. View Point 2

There’s no water behind this dam, but there is a great view of the Garden formations. You can also look south and see similar formations in line with those of the Garden.

5. View Point 3

Now on the east side of the Garden everything looks different. Kissing Camels on top of Signature Rock becomes easy to recognize. Early morning light makes this part of the hike breathtaking.