Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods
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About
Jam-packed with dramatic rock formations, the Garden of the Gods is a prime spot for hiking amid beautiful scenery. Stop for a photo by the Steamboat Rock, then set out to trek the 21 miles of trails within the park. The 1.5-mile-long Perkins Central Garden Trail is wheelchair accessible and runs between all the major sights like the Kissing Camels. On your way back, grab a snack and shop for souvenirs at the gift shop. Located on the outskirts of Colorado Springs, the Garden of the Gods can be visited for free—parking included. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • sgregory711
    Dallas, Texas307 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen but get there early in the day because it will be overrun by 11 or 12. There are easy paved trails near the rocks that are even wheelchair accessible to dirt trails for the avid hiker. The welcome center is nice with a gift shop, snack bar and mini museum. It's truly a must visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Bauer99
    Volo, Illinois162 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See - Beautiful and inspiring
    Beautiful area. Love the contrast in colors and rock formations. Not much of hiker, but those that do would enjoy it very much. It can get congested with people, so suggest early or later. However, even a drive through is amazing so be sure to add this to your to do list. can be as little as 30 minutes to hours. There are apps that will provide you information as you drive along.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Th3HappyTraveler
    Reynoldsburg, Ohio313 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Red rocks below, Pike’s Peak above
    This place simply defies description—if you love red rocks/unique rock formations, this place is for you! No entrance fee and we visited in April so it wasn’t overcrowded. Nice nature center, gift shop, snack bar & restrooms. Guided tours (for a fee) are available if you don’t want to drive yourself or want more information. We did the self-guided & still enjoyed the park.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 22, 2023
  • JOHN C
    Liberty, Missouri10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    At least go once for sure
    Very nice walking area close to town. Easy parking, you won't walk alot but you will get to see some cool rock formations and even some wildlife. For free it's a nice evening walk.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 24, 2023
  • JGW33782
    Pinellas Park, Florida246 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very scenic
    Very spectacular scenery. We didn't do any hiking due to a grumpy teen who had had enough that day! But we did stop a few times and take in the spectacular views. We also saw a lot of deer. It's free to get in and if you didn't stop, you could get through the whole thing within an hour (we took 2). Be sure to stop at the Indian Trading Post.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Lisa J
    Plant City, Florida937 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Garden of the Gods
    What a unique and beautiful place, and it's free! There is a great visitor center with lots of information about the area, and the view from the visitor center is awesome so don't miss it. There are several parking areas along the park so you can get out and walk and get up close to the rocks. A photographers paradise.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Zane
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect tour
    Amazing tour. Had a light thunder and dark clouds. Made for a perfect afternoon. Nice drive through the mountains. Thanks to Callahan for the amazing experience. Had lots of great information. Very fun to talk to. Definitely would do again. Definitely worth the whole $80.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 30, 2023
  • JTG
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible!
    Garden of gods was amazing! Walking on the trails and getting so close to such huge rock formations was incredible! We also drove on the loop road which takes you through the park and there are plenty of parking areas to pull over to get out and take pictures. Such a beautiful place- this is a 'must do' for your visit!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Katie_Vieregg
    Lubbock, Texas11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect weather!! only easy trails
    My father, sister, and I arrived at GoG around 9:30 am and it was already PACKED. Make sure to get there early for better weather and parking. The first parking lot took a while to find a spot so we had to keep going in circles. Once we started exploring we were able to hit most of the trails in this area and spent about 2 hours walking around. Thunder and lighting started to roll in but it never rained. Because of that quite a few people left the park, allowing more space for us. We lent hit Siamese Twins and a trail nearby, finishing up with the Balanced Rock. In total we spent about 3 hours. If you want more intermediate hiking you are going to have to get off the beaten path/ lesser known trials. Everything was beautiful but I was looking for more hiking than just walking on paved walkways.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Rebel142
    Pittsburg, Texas469 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pristine!
    Garden of the Gods was awesome! Being able to walk on trails and see the rock formations up close the best part. A beautiful place to visit anytime of the year. The park had a lot of visitors, but it did not feel crowded. Great bird watching day saw: white throated swift, house wren, spotted towhee, mourning dove, black-chinned hummingbird, California gulls, prairie falcon, scrub jay, violet-green swallow, black headed grosbeak, and a mountain chickadee. Went back in the evening to see the sunset and take advantage of a stargazing opportunity. We ended up seeing the moon (resolution was such we could see craters), Venus, and with the naked eye the Chinese space station. Great colors as the sun set. Very dog friendly. The only downside was the bicyclists, bikes are allowed on certain trails, and they believe they have right of way and love to use their "little bike bells."
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
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Lori G
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I am shocked and incensed by the idea of charging tourists to visit by tour to OUR park. The park was given with the stipulation it was a free space always. I can't believe my city that I've been born and raised in is now charging the very tourist,that we spend so much of our tax money, to in invite to our beautiful city touting the Garden as a big attraction. I can't believe this level of greed has come to our city. I consider myself a co owner of the Garden due to the fact I'm a citizen of Colorado Springs. I say shame on whoever's thought this scheme up! This is embarrassing our city. Stop this scheme now!
SHAME SHAME SHAME

Lori Grimes,
Colorado Springs citizen for over 64 years,daughter of residents that lived here 73 years
Written January 20, 2020
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CraftBeers
Plano, TX25,039 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This is my second visit to Garden of the Gods. It was much better than the first. Interestingly, this visit was while it was raining, and I think that made the difference.

Garden of the Gods is a privately donated land with unique rock structures and spires that are beautiful to see. The owner put a stipulation on the land that a fee never be charged to enjoy the area. As a result, this is a free place to visit.

There are three main issues that will impact your ability to enjoy this place:
- Heat
- Crowds
- Parking

When you approach the area you will see small parking areas and pull outs all around the rocks. It takes a long time to find an open one. It usually means sitting and waiting for someone to pull out.

Colorado Springs is very hot in the summer. This area is totally exposed to the sun and heat. You will get very hot walking around. People are everywhere. It's unlikely you will get a picture without a stranger in the shot.

During my first visit, I told myself I would not come back here. It's too hot and too many people. On our second visit, my daughters really wanted to see it. We arrived in a light rain. That ran everyone off. We found parking. Plus, it was actually pleasant to walk around in cool temperatures.

Garden of the Goods is a cool looking place. If you haven't been at least once, do give it a go. It's pretty.
Written August 12, 2020
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llwid
Oak Creek, WI189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Judy C
Saint Louis, MO128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Amazing rock formation park that is free. Very nice Visitors Center with gift shop and bathrooms. Can walk or drive closer (4 lots, one at visitors center, one below that, one closer to the loop, and one small lot 6 or 7 cars for disabled individuals. All parking lots are free but the closest one can fill up on weekends quickly. There is a half mile paved loop which is great for individuals using wheelchairs or families with strollers. Enjoyed watching the rock climbers (permit needed) climb up the high rocks. Small rocks for kids to climb in a few areas. Be aware that loop for driving is one way so decide where you want to park first otherwise you have to start over if the closest lot is filled which will take time to get back to other lots. Great photo opportunity but bring sun hat and binoculars. Highly recommend this park for all.
Written September 8, 2020
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Mark L
O'Fallon, MO111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
What can you say is “The Garden of the Gods” it’s beautiful if you get a chance you need to go. It only takes an hour or two, but worth every second. We spent about 3 hour’s and over 2 days. If possible, go early morning, it has less people and better views. When we were leaving on our 2nd day a lady stopped us and asked if we had seen “The Crying Indian”? We were standing right by it (see pic) she said when it rains it looks like a tear coming out his eye. We had a fantastic trip in early July 2020 I have videos on YouTube @ mjlcarguy54, again if you can it’s a must stop.
Written August 20, 2020
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jennifertravelsworld
Lexington, MA214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Lorna B.
Bechtelsville, PA871 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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MelissaL0715
Tampa, FL917 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We visited Garden of the gods yesterday. It was beautiful in every way. It is completely free to the public, so you can’t pass it up. There were definitely locals all around, but plenty of tourists like ourselves. I would highly recommend you visit there and plan to stay for a couple of hours as you don’t want to miss the different viewpoints on both ends. Keep an eye out for the mule deer and the mountain goats. We saw both.
Written March 17, 2020
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Trelen
Warrington, UK734 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
On our way from Denver down to Manitou Springs we had planned to make a stop at the Garden of Gods for a wander around the rock formations.

We popped into the visitor centre at first to get our bearings, and to take a look at the interactive exhibits to learn about the geology, ecology, and cultural history of the park. Whilst the museum is modest in size it’s accessible and fun for children.

We then drove in to the park, we went mid-week in spring, it wasn’t particularly busy but the car parks were more or less full inside the park and we had to do a full loop of the park before we could get a spot in one of them. We then wandered in and around the rock formations and the sun finally showed it’s face so we got a good view after climbing up to the Siamese Twins.

Visit with fewer crowds to really appreciate the beauty as we were lucky enough to be able to do.
Written January 8, 2020
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Lv2T
Parker, CO136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Garden of the Gods Park is a registered National Natural Landmark with over 400 acres, numerous paved and unpaved trails with parking available. It is much more crowded in summer months but the fall and winter months are also enjoyable if dressed appropriately. It has some 300' towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of Pikes Peaks making the views breathtaking. As a result numerous rock formations, many climbers can be seen both training and scaling the formations. The Visitor, Nature Center and museum has interactive exhibits enjoyable by all ages and a 20 minute film. Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods can be a short visit but if you are a hiker, you can spent a day on trails and enjoy a picnic by the formations. Rangers are available throughout the park for questions and programs which sale out quickly in summer months. Truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. I know locals who go frequently if the weather permits.
Written January 4, 2021
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