Garden of the Gods
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Located at the base of Pikes Peak, this National Natural Landmark and popular park features stunning geological formations, rock climbing, nature trails and the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.
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jennifertravelsworld
Lexington, MA218 contributions
Mar 2022
While in Colorado Springs for an event, I actually ended up visiting Garden of the Gods twice, once by myself and once with my daughter and her friends. The scenery is stunning, a photographer's dream.

I stopped at the visitor center when I went alone and got a map and talked to a couple of people. I love that the locals really love this place and use it regularly. I chatted with an older gentleman who was meeting up with his weekly hiking crew and a mother and son who were just returning from a sunrise hike. Everywhere you went, you would see dogwalkers, hikers, bikers, even horseback riding.

I went fairly early in the morning, on a warm late winter/early spring morning. The sun on the rocks was stunning, everywhere I turned was gorgeous vistas. With the construction near the visitors center it was a bit confusing to access the driving loop, but once I was on it, it was easy. I stopped and walked around at several spots, including hiking up to the Siamese Twins vista which I would highly recommend. It was a bit of a scramble but doable.
Written March 5, 2022
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annikalibby
Houston, Texas202 contributions
Jul 2021
My family and I really enjoyed our visit to the Garden of the Gods, where we learned it actually is a "city park" rather than a "national" park. Who knew?

We enjoyed visiting the Visitor's Center, with the exhibits on the second floor, a nice cafe, store, and an excellent overlook balcony for taking photos and seeing the main rock formations. We spent about an hour here with the kids and then headed down to the first floor to see the film on how the rocks were formed (about $6 per adult) and signing up for our tour.

We elected to go on the "trolley" tour, an open air motorized cart that seats 14. If I had any criticism it's that you can't book these tours online or in advance. You have to line up and take spots in whatever tours are left by the time you get there, and the website often has a disclaimer that they book up early in the day. Luckily for us I'm a planner and knew that so I made a beeline for the desk when they opened and grabbed our preferred time immediately. It's about an hour and at $15 a person is a great value--you see virtually all of the park led by a guide with history and photos to pass around. I feel like we saw everything without having to navigate the roads. Which were very crowded.

Speaking of crowded, the parking lot is small and in the summer there were spots at 9am, but by 10am there was a line of cars constantly circling the parking lot looking for spots. We thought about popping out to grab coffee before our tour at 11am but decided against it out of fear of not being able to find a spot again.

Take sunscreen and water. Take loads of photos, and if you can only visit one thing, it's the balancing rock!
Written July 27, 2021
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Dave B
Chicago, IL22 contributions
Nov 2022
This is a must see attraction if you are in the Denver area. I am not a huge fan of nature, however, I thoroughly enjoyed our time at this park. Being from the midwest, we do not get to experience mountains like this and the rock formations are incredible.
Upon arriving to the visitor center, we opted to take the Trolley Tour. It lasted 45 minutes which fit our time schedule perfect and was budget friendly at only $21 per person. The tour was fully narrated by our driver / guide and gave us insights to the history and uniqueness of the rock formations and culture. My wife and I both found this tour to be a great value and the guide made recommendations of where to go after the tour ended.
I strongly recommend the Trading Post inside the park where we were able to purchase some great souvenirs along with some nice hot Starbucks Coffee. It is a good place to decompress after hiking or rock climbing.
If you end your tour earlier in the day, there is still time to take a trip on Cog Railway up to the Summit of Pike's Peak. Elevation is over 14,000 feet so be sure your breathing can handle it.
Overall, Garden of The Gods park was definitely one of our favorite stops on our Denver vacation. Although it was just my wife and I, children will also find this very enjoyable.
Written November 10, 2022
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ellenbee56
Bechtelsville, PA665 contributions
Sep 2021
My husband & I recently drove from our home in eastern PA out to Utah. On our way back home, we spent two days in the Colorado Springs area, with seeing this site as our top priority. What a stunningly scenic area of the USA! We were so glad to be able to enjoy such great scenery outside of a National Park. It was very easy to see great views here by car, bike, horseback, or on foot (at no cost), or by trolley, jeep, or Segway (for a fee).

We arrived early (9:45 a.m.) on a weekday and were able to get a very close parking spot. (Both parking and admission is free here.) The crowds were light when we arrived (but became moderate by noontime and then fairly high by mid-afternoon). After we signed up first thing for a trolley tour, we looked over the exhibits in the Visitor Center’s small nature center; they were well done, albeit not extensive. (We skipped the movie one could view for a small fee.) Our 40-minute trolley tour was led by “Mustang Sally,” who provided great narration throughout our ride. At $17 each, we thought it was a great way to get an overview of the park’s layout. Along the way, we could see the driving loop’s many pull-off areas waiting for us to explore on our own afterwards. We had lunch at the café at the Trading Post (which has its own parking lot); our food was very tasty, and the gift store there was huge and fun to explore.

All in all, we spent about 4 hours here and enjoyed every minute. Our visit here was a highlight of our trip out West!
Written October 26, 2021
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Catherine D
24 contributions
Oct 2022
Garden of the Gods is best if you get out and walk, although the drive is beautiful. My absolute favorite times are Motorless Mornings, when the park is closed to motorized vehicles. The wildlife tends to come out when the park is so quiet. The Garden of the Gods 10 mile race is another time the park is closed to traffic. This is possibly one of the most scenic foot races on the planet. So much fun! The visitor center can be crowded during peak tourist season, but the small museum is worth the visit.
Written October 12, 2022
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llwid
Oak Creek, WI210 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Loved the unique (to a Wisconsinite) rock formations. They have walking trails that are appropriate for most abilities. The visitor center is informative, has restrooms, a cafe and gift shop as well as informational displays. You can also book tours here that range from$25/person to $95/person. We took the keep photo tour which was $75/person and two hours through Garden if the Gods, Manitau Springs and a couple other spots. Our guide shares info about the geology, anthropology and history of the area. He showed us pictures of the people and area from the late 1800’s to mid 1900s. We stopped at beautiful sites for our own photos. After, we went for a walk along the trails and saw some big horned mountain sheep. I really appreciate the range from free walks to multiple expense levels of tours.
Written June 4, 2021
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STLLUV2TRAV
Saint Louis, MO75 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
If you’re near Colorado Springs you have to visit! It’s FREE, there are several entrances, many places to park & lots of areas to stop, hike & climb on the rocks. It’s absolutely stunning. I had it on my list to visit once, but we ended up visiting 3 times during our week stay because it’s so stunningly gorgeous and a great kid friendly activity. It’s super close to Old Colorado City so you’re not far from places to eat, gas stations, etc.
Written July 16, 2022
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ann_dalpiaz
indianapolis, IN77 contributions
Aug 2021
I think we saw the Garden of the Gods. We arrived at the Visitor Center after hunting to find a parking spot. The center was very crowded. So we booked a 2 hour tour called "Shortline Water Fall," which was the only tour remaining and we can't walk well. Very soon as we boarded the Jeep, it started raining...I mean a pelting rain. the guide gave us some plastic ponchos which were ineffective because the rain was going sideways and the Jeep did not have any pull down plastic windows. I think we saw the Balanced Rock from the interior of the Jeep. Totally wasted time except the waterfall. Too much driving, especially when wet and cold. Food expensive, as expected.
Written August 16, 2021
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Sillieguze
Saint Louis, MO15 contributions
Jun 2022
We visited the Garden of the Gods with our 11 and 14 years old kids. We all really enjoyed it and the views were amazing. You can drive through the park or you can park and walk on the trails. We went on a Saturday afternoon and it was pretty crowded so maybe going on a weekday would be better. We all enjoyed our time there and got some great pictures.
Written July 5, 2022
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Paul D
Mound, MN2 contributions
Jul 2022
We toured the Rockies in July and I had found an attraction called Garden of the Gods. OMG, what a sight! Amazing rock formations and colors But among the highlights was a guided tour with Smokey. He took us in a specially rigged pickup to view the Garden, then a ride through the Rockies. The narrative was laced with information and humor. At a waterfall, he even played an Indian flute; the music was a wish for better health. The whole 2-hour plus tour was outstanding. Go see Smokey at the visitors center and be prepared for a fun and spectacular tour.
Written August 8, 2022
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