Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York803 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible! Must See!
    Amazing! There is a visitor center with unearthly views of the three main rocks in front of the magnificent Pike’s Peak. In the center they talk about the history, show taxidermy or the animals that are there, they explain the geology, and offer great balcony views. In the actual park, there are trails guiding you around all the rocks and offer great picturesque views. There is also a parking lot next to the park and a balcony view there as well. I highly recommend, it is a must see!
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 9, 2023
  • SandraLivingstone
    Iowa Falls, Iowa195 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful to see but hard to get parking
    Parking was the most difficult. We drive around a couple of times and all the parking lots were full. Eventually my husband dropped me off and I walked through alone. Very neat to see the formations. Lots of rock climbers also. We returned at sunset and there was lots of available parking so we got to walk through together and take some pics.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 10, 2023
  • LoveToTravel
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unexpected Favorite
    This is a MUST SEE. We went in mid April. There was still snow on the ground but it was a beautiful sunny day. If you are not a hiker, there is plenty of beauty to drive through and thoroughly enjoy but there are plenty of trails to hike too. We’re not hikers but enjoyed some short walks. I love it that the drive is a loop and you finish where you begin. You could easily tour this in an hour if you just drive through. We spent about three hours driving in the park and making short stops. Great visitor’s center with a cafe and there is a nice gift shop and cafe on the loop as well. This was an unexpected favorite that we want to come visit again!!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 6, 2023
  • Stephanie A
    Colorado Springs, Colorado3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Motorless Morning
    I have gone to Motorless Morning the last 3 years or so. It's an epic time full of bikes, hikes, and rollerblades. Be ready for a crowd and take in the views of the park without cars. GOG is a unique place in the world and you have to view it on foot.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 19, 2023
  • thirdsunrise
    208 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must-see park!
    GET THERE EARLY. The visitor center is cool, but if you want to explore the park itself without feeling like you're in traffic, you gotta arrive by 9. Save the visitor center for later. Trolley tour was good, bathrooms were nice, and the gift shop was good -- this young (20s) woman who happened to be shopping while I was seemed just bowled over by it, which made it that much more fun. You could just sit there and enjoy the view for hours.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 26, 2023
  • T S
    43 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful.
    What a beautiful place! It was busy by the time we arrived but we were able to take time looking at the exhibits and exploring the gift shop. I regret not getting tickets for a jeep or trolley tour but decided instead to do the self-guided audio tour. Sadly, Internet service was not adequate so we drove through the area looking at the beautiful rock formations but really having no idea what we were looking at or learning anything about them. The next time I will get tickets for the jeep or trolley tour. I would suggest going early as places where there are pull-over opportunities are fairly small and only allow for 3-4 cars to pull over to observe the scenery. One exception to that was at the Balancing Rock where there were several parking places.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 29, 2023
  • Lindsey C
    Roland, Arkansas54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful hiking!
    The fact that a man bought this places so many decades ago and asked that it be used as a park for the public to enjoy… we need more people like this in the world. Our family hiked all around despite the rainy weather. This is a really beautiful place!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 4, 2023
  • larrynjill
    Rockville, Indiana3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Garden of the Gods Review
    Breathtaking views from many different places in the park. Free to everyone. We saw 2 long-horn sheep, a mule deer, and many beautiful birds while there. I recommend the Garden of the Gods Trading Post for momentos rather than the Garden of the Gods Nature Center.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Tegan M
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Photo Op
    It was a great view for a family of 4. The seven year old was a little scared but warmed up to it. The balanced rock is a great place to see and expect to help people take pictures! Great photo ops overral.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Mzfit63
    Longmont, Colorado49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must go!
    One of the most stunning examples in the country of red rock formations. Be sure to reserve a trolley tour at the least or any of the other longer and more adventurous tours. Do NOT miss this is if you're anywhere nearby and visiting Colorado Springs.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 11, 2023
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Glenn M
Glendale, CA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had no idea this area existed. And we were amazed with wonder. What a beautiful area. If I were more prepared I would have hiked around... if our stay was longer, do a run around the park. I wonder if it's about a 5K.

We drove around and stopped and gazed a bit... but would love to come back and experience it more.

Saw some wildlife - bighorn sheep - which caused a traffic jab for a while... pretty cool that they were there, sitting, relaxing... it was quite the site.
Written February 28, 2024
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Berenice Molina
Vail, CO62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A very inspiring and easily accessible place.
I took a walk in the morning to appreciate this magnificent place.
Every corner of this garden is unique, the way the rocks intertwine with each other give an amazing view. Later I decided to take the car and tour this beautiful place and there is no way to be disappointed.
Go with time and enjoy this beautiful place.
The information center has souvenirs for sale, a coffee shop, public restrooms and people who can help you with all your questions.
Written February 21, 2024
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annee2017
Hobart, Australia37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Completely amazing and so wonderful that it is free. Very spectacular. Arrived on a snowy day and the skies cleared to blue and it was such a wonderful place to walk around and be exposed to. Loved the formations with snow anthem and also saw deer up close. Lots of families visiting. Also appreciated that it was free thanks to the family who insisted it be so for all to enjoy.
Written February 15, 2024
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JLP
Boston, MA18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I recommend doing the nature tour through Garden of the Gods. You can register for it at the visitor’s center or online. It is $5 and an hourlong tour, and it is definitely worth doing. Our guide’s name was Larry and he told us about the history of the park and the wildlife, and we even got to see deer and big-horned goat sheep!
Written February 12, 2024
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JessicaLeigh615
Iowa55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Absolutely breathtaking natural wonder. Our two families of 4 took the trolley ride. We had a great guide that told us all about the history of the park and pointed out all of the rock formations. The kids, ages 7, 8, 9, and 10 all had a great time learning and playing. Great for an outdoor family day. The park features lots of paved and accessible trails that are nicely labeled on the park map.
Written February 10, 2024
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James B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
It was very nice and peaceful we went on a Saturday expecting it to be busy but it was not this was my second time just as good as the first. definitely recomend.
Written February 5, 2024
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2BEis2SKI
Charlotte, NC1,389 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
A really well done park (of course nature and creation did the heavy lifting). The rock formations are so interesting and the walk paths take you close to many of them. I would have welcomed a little more signage but that's a minor complaint.

While getting out and walking is the best way to see everything, I would equally recommend driving through the entire park.
Written February 2, 2024
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Jessica Mesler
Oakboro, NC51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Visiting CO with a large group of friends from NC. We stopped on our way across CO to visit the Garden of the Gods. Wonderful facilities, well designed walking trails, and beautiful views. 10/10 would recommend if you have a couple hours to view. Can be drove through entirely and can pull off in multiple parking lots through the park to walk trails. Almost all the scenic views and noteworthy landscape can be viewed from the car, except the siamese twins which is about a 1.5 mile hike.
Written January 24, 2024
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William S
Clinton, NJ393 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
A short drive through (maybe 20-30 minutes), but beautiful scenery--worth a detour. You can also hike for much longer periods of time. Weather in December was unusually warm and delightful with few tourists.
Written January 15, 2024
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Diandra P
Westmoreland Parish, Jamaica2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I went on a tour with Adventures out west. The scene is breathtaking. You can almost say it was therapeutic.
Written January 4, 2024
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