We live in Denver and make the short trip down to Garden of the Gods at least once a month. It is an easy drive when you just want to get away for the day. My kids love coming here and always ask when we are coming again! The museum is interactive and fun- it takes about 1/2 an hour to go through and is a nice start. They have a nice movie that gives you history of the park as well. You can drive through, take bikes or hike. Picnic areas and easy parking for most sites. Stunning views and very unique. You can take as long as you like and it is FREE!! There is a kitschy gift store/trading post but the kids love this too. If you need a souvenir they have it!! Get coffee, ice cream, or fudge... there is always fudge! The one and only souvenir item we did not find was Mexican jumping beans- we asked the sales lady and even she couldn't beleive that they did not have them! The staff is really nice and helpful which is different from alot of places in this area. A terrific day trip for the family- bring a picnic and a camera surprisingly fun!