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“Not what I expected”
Review of Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed June 13, 2008

I thought the Garden of the Gods to be just okay. They were just rock formations, and the vistas weren't all that great. I felt like I wasted time there that I could have spent at Pikes Peak (which I ended up not having enough time to do). The roads are also very confusing and if you miss a parking lot where you thought a good picture would be taken, too bad. You'll have to drive on that particular one-way road again. It's just confusing and not worth the time to figure out.

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Reviewed June 2, 2008

On a recent trip to Manitou Springs, CO we decided to hike around the Garden of the Gods. Given the amount of info on the website we were expecting a much bigger park that was located away from the city. It is actually quite small and surrounded by a residential neighborhood. We hiked around the entire thing in about an hour and a half.

While you can't really get lost, we found the trail system and maps are a little confusing. The names of the trails would change for no reason and there are numerous spurs coming in and out of the surrounding neighborhoods. It seems like most people prefered to walk on the road.

We did see a small rattlesnake on the trail so that was pretty cool. And, the fact that it is free when everything else in that area cost something is very nice. If you are going to be in the area then it is worth a stop but if you are looking for really cool red rock formations go to Southeastern Utah.

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Reviewed January 16, 2008

Very nice. There are definately better sites in the area, but this is defaintely a good place to stop by. If you like the formations of the great outdoors, this is a place to stop.

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Reviewed November 14, 2007

Any visit to Colorado Springs must include the Garden of the Gods, which lies in front of Pikes Peak. Just about any picture I have ever seen of Pikes Peak is taken with the rocks of the Garden of the Gods in the foreground. It is relatively small and can be crowded at times, but if you are an early riser, you can have the park to yourself. And the early morning offers some of the best light to take pictures of the rocks framing Pikes Peak. And it is free.....what a deal. Alot of nearby tourist traps do not offer the beauty and they are not free!!!! Colorado Springs is a really beautiful area to visit, alot of things to do and see. But for the value and the scenry, Garden of the Gods cannot be passed up. Go in the early morning and enjoy the solitude and mountain scenry.

4  Thank randallboy
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Reviewed October 27, 2007

October 8, 2007
What a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. We spent a couple of hours careening are way through these magnificent rock formations. Even got an opportunity to see rock climbers scaling some of the more challenging outcrops. Some pointed toward the skies others seem to point towards mother earth and balance on their points. They seemed to defy gravity. The cost for all of this...absolutely nothing. What could be better.

2  Thank GiveMeSunNorCal
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