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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  • TravelnurseUSA
    Spartanburg, South Carolina612 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Visit!
    We visited on a Sunday afternoon and the place was absolutely packed! But, we quickly found a parking spot and went inside the visitor center and spent about an hour inside looking at the exhibits and having a light meal in the cafe. Afterwards, we left the parking lot and drove the road through the park and were amazed at the scenery. We saw something different around every twist and turn of the road. We were able to stop a few times and get out to get a better look and take our pictures. Highly recommend visiting if in the area.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Cynthia & Jorge
    Orlando, Florida297 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Garden of the Gods Scenic Drive
    Magnificent place to hike, ride and drive. Strongly encourage you to pack water, snacks, binoculars, camera and lots of patience. Wildlife is beautiful and waterfalls Try to avoid the crowds in the weekends and the hours from 11 am to 4’esh. Crowds are definitely Disney World style 😎
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Tammy H
    94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    No Trip to Colorado is complete without Garden of the Gods
    It was a pretty warm day, lots of people and lots of cars and no place to park in the Kissing Camels Walking Area, but the grandsons loved the big red rocks. We did find a place to park at the Balanced and Steamboat rock area, so they were able to climb all over the rocks in that area. Regardless of the amount of people, Garden of the Gods is a must drive through and stop area when in the Springs.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Mreareus
    Phoenix, Arizona52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful natural formations in a FREE park.
    A must see, the rock formations and colors are very interesting. If it’s predicted to be a hot day go early and have lots of water. There isn’t much shade so a safari type hat that covers the neck is recommended. There are several areas to park so if the first one is full there are more. Figure 2-3 hours to enjoy at a leisurely pace.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Joanne
    London, United Kingdom2,238 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    AMAZING
    A must see scenic drive in the Colorado Springs area! The roads and parking lots are well maintained and well signposted. On entering you are greeted by The Balanced Rock - a spectacular photo opportunity if you can stop. The Trading Post had a huge range of giftwrap, clothing and merchandise as well as homemade fudge, a cafe and restrooms.  We enjoyed the scenery so much that we drove the loop twice so that we could see each stop point.  There are several trails of varying complexity, but in the July heat shorter walks at each stop point was enough for us.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Jill E
    Easley, South Carolina373 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the two hours!
    Beautiful nature center with multiple walking trails to see the amazing red rock formations. The main trail is paved and a very moderate walk of 2 to 2.5 miles. There are many unpaved trails that split off the main trail, if you feel adventurous and want to climb some of the rocks. Gorgeous scenery and great photo opportunities. Hard to believe this amazing place is free to enter!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Kim S
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the visit but not recommended on a weekend.
    Very nice area and wonderful to see. Unfortunately we hit this park on Sunday and it was nearly impossible to even park and see anything. When we were able to park and see things it was so populated we found it a challenge to enjoy. If you plan a trip don’t pick a Sunday to make it happen like we did.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 August 2023
  • J M
    Fernandina Beach, Florida27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Favorite Spot in CO!
    I have visited Garden of the Gods twice and I love it. Once we hiked through and the other time we took a Segway tour. What a beautiful park. The rock formations are amazing. There are beautiful plants, birds and Big Horn Sheep.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 10 August 2023
  • 697billm
    Allison Park, Pennsylvania327 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A different view of the Garden
    I visited the Garden of the Gods many times over the years. This year I avoided the main part with the paved walk ways as it is always crowed. Instead we went to a backside trial. You still get great views, but you walking on dirt trials that can be a little ruff. No matter were you go in the park you get great views.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Mattyju
    Oklahoma42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A definite must see for everyone!
    By far our favorite thing out of all we did in Colorado Springs. The hiking areas are easy to moderate and gorgeous. Plenty of shade on the trails and places to rest. It was very busy so that’s was a little discouraging, but all in all it was great! A park ranger and photographer were scouting out and taking pictures of baby falcons. The babies were perched in holes in the side of the rocks formations. The ranger took out her binoculars and let each of us see them and then talked to us about them. Very cool experience!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 August 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 20 January 2020
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CraftBeers
Plano, TX25,026 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 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 12 August 2020
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llwid
Oak Creek, WI188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 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 4 June 2021
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Judy C
Saint Louis, MO130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 8 September 2020
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Mark L
O'Fallon, MO111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 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 20 August 2020
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jennifertravelsworld
Lexington, MA213 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 5 March 2022
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Lorna B.
Bechtelsville, PA884 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 26 October 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 17 March 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 8 January 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 4 January 2021
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