• Activities:

    Cycling, Photography, Running, Yoga, Hiking, Rock Climbing

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildlife

Visit one of the most interesting and recognizable landscapes in Colorado for free! You can drive one of several loop roads, walk one of or more of the many trails through the area, or rock climb some of the interesting rock formations. Wildlife, wildflowers, amazing scenery, and interesting geology means Garden of the Gods has something for everyone.

If you are new to the area a stop by the visitor center can helpful to get a map of the trails and roads in the area as well as obtaining a climbing permit (one is needed to climb and is free).

Once you have entered the area there are multiple trails and pull outs that you can explore. Many of the trails are paved and most of the year easy to follow. During the summer expect crowds during the day but those thin very early or late. In the winter snow can provide a wonderful addition to the landscape. The area is not very large and can easily be explored in a day.

For those who are interested in climbing make sure to obtain a permit from the visitor center. Also, the staff can brief you on current area closures (usually raptor nesting) as they are not marked on the park. There are multitudes of routes that provide all levels of a challenge but all have really cool views of the area.

Pack List

Your pack list will depend on your activity and time of year but should include:

  • Appropriate clothing for the weather
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • A map of the area
  • Camera

For climbing

  • Appropriate climbing gear
  • A permit obtained at the visitor center are required
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Garden of the Gods has been named the best City Park in all of the US, and after one visit here it's easy to see why. This is a gorgeous park with everything from rock climbing to wheelchair accessible walkways. Definitely worth the stop if you're anywhere near the Springs.

7 months ago
7 months ago

My mission trip group visited here on our way to volunteering. Seeing the "gods" stick out of the nearly flat land was amazing, especially for someone like me who had never seen the mountains before. Great hiking trails, though I suggest trailing of the well-known paths and searching for the dirt walkways that lead you up the hill. The higher you go, the better the valley looks. I was a little scared of all the signs that say to look out for rattlesnakes, but what kind of hike is it without some sort of danger? Highly suggest visiting here if you are passing through Colorado Springs and need a place to stretch your legs.

8 months ago
8 months ago

Bring your camera! Fun for the whole family.

10 months ago
10 months ago

Garden of the God's is one of my favorite places in CO. It's family and dog friendly and there are countless areas to explore. It gets very crowded during the warm months so be prepared to be surrounded by other people. Also, afternoon thunderstorms are quite common so plan accordingly.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Garden of the Gods is one of the most amazing places not only in CO, but in the country. From the red rocks to the lush green plants and cacti, this place is beautiful in every way. You can climb and hike all over the rocks, spending hours exploring areas of the park. It's family friendly and accessibly to all.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

The red rocks honestly wasn't what i was expecting when my girlfriend and i visited Colorado. Even though it is very beautiful, it is very touristy. I am not one for just visiting a touristy place while exploring a new place. It it obviously free and can be driven through. Enjoyed being there all the same & definitely a must see when visiting Colorado

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Great rock climbing and bouldering; easy walking trails. Tons of wildlife especially in the morning. Got there at 7 for a light coffee stroll and meditation. To climb you need a permit, which can be obtained for free online via the park website. Great spot right on the edge of the city.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Great spot in the springs to check out. Tons of trails and endless areas to explore! A must see.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

A very cool place to visit. Easy walking. Saw tons of wildlife!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

It constantly amazes me how beautiful nature is!! I went on a Sunday afternoon and it was busy!! Get there early in the day to get a good parking space, or just be prepared to hunt for a space for a while. I was there at sunset and got some amazing photos and the views are beautiful!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Running at Garden of the Gods is a very cool experience. There are trails just beyond the confines of the actual park that go for miles around the Colorado Springs area and offer amazing views of the mountains to the West.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

If you're in Colorado then checking off Garden of the Gods is definitely a must do. The park has miles of trails for you to choose from and every one is a gem. Stick around for sunset, the rocks really explode with color plus the views of Pikes Peak can't be beat. Trinity Brewing is just down the street if you're looking for a post hike brew.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Absolutely love Garden of the Gods. It's a stunning place to witness the power of the earth with its unique rock formations. If you're looking for a place to stay in Colorado Springs, I stayed at the Garden of the Gods resort and from your room you can see the sunrise over Pikes Peak and the Gardens. Truly unforgettable.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

I loved visiting the Garden of the Gods on my trip to Colorado. The rock formations are like nothing that I have seen before and totally jaw dropping. I found myself just wandering off-trail and getting lost in the parks unique landscape for a majority of the visit. Be sure to check out the iconic Balanced Rock, like many of the rock formations it might not be here for too many years. The Garden of the Gods was an awesome experience.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Garden of the Gods is a spectacular location. Whether you are an experienced climber and taking advantage of the structures or just hiking/biking through for the day there is something special to be said about this place. One cannot help but feel small amongst these majestic rock formations. This is definitely worth a day trip for anyone nearby or just traveling through Colorado Springs and it is completely free! I attend college a couple of miles down the road and I love coming here for the day with friends to hike around and have a picnic and enjoy the beauty.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Eric Schuette Explorer

I love adventure and exploring. Currently a school psychologist who tries to spend my free-time hiking, climbing, fishing, and celebrating with a good beer in Colorado. On Instagram @ericschuettephotography Cheers!!!

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