The Garden of the Gods is located on the outskirts of Colorado Springs.
This park is known for stunning red rock formations which paint a spectacular backdrop for visitors whether horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, or just enjoying a picnic.
Situated at the foot of the Rockies, the Garden of the Gods Park is known for its huge red sandstone rock formations which rise to heights of up to 150 meters.
Centuries ago the Ute Indians made their winter camps here and in the spring used this location as a starting point as they started their journey to the Ute Pass which was once traversed by vast herds of bison.
These spectacular rock formations offer rock climbers a chance to climb in one of the world’s most historic climbing venues. To plan your climbing event contact Front Range Climbing.
The Park also allows mountain biking on designated trails, which are shared with equestrian users as well as hikers.
In addition to these trails, Garden of the Gods Park also has paved bike lanes on all one-way roads in the park. Regulations require cyclists stay on the trail when riding or walking their bikes and that speed is controlled to prevent accidents.
Learn Colorado Related Facts and Lore on Guided Walks
Nature lovers can take advantage of 30-minute naturalist-led walks at no charge each day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.. This is a great way to learn fascinating facts as wells as lore about the local wildflowers, rattlesnakes, gold-seekers, and a variety of other Colorado-themed topics.
Van and Jeep tours are also available in the summer months for a fee of $10 each.
Dog owners can bring their fur-babies into the park as long as they are on a six-foot leash. There is also one designated area south of Gateway Road where dogs are allowed to run unleashed. As always, dog owners are expected to clean up after their pets.
The park is open from 5:00 a.m. to 11 p.m. from May 1 until Oct. 31. They shorten their hours and close at 9 p.m. from November 1 to April 30.
The Visitor and Nature Center is open from 9 to 5 in the winter months and 8 to 7 Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. For more information, check their website.