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Hiking Guide to Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs

Updated: Sep 27

Large red rock formations jut out of the unassuming prairie landscape as tourists walk, bike, and hike through Garden of the Gods. This National Natural Landmark is a geological wonder located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Located only 15 minutes from Colorado Springs, it's a must see while in the area. There are many outdoor activities available and hiking trails to choose from.

There are 21 miles of trails, including the paved handicap-friendly trails pictured above. Rock climbing is allowed with a permit and there are climbing excursions available to schedule as well. Horseback riding is allowed on three trails all beginning at parking lot 16. From passionate cyclists completing arduous hill climbs to families enjoying a day in the sun, this park has options for everyone.

We recommend arriving early as parking is usually challenging, with us having to wait half an hour to find a parking spot. There is a seasonal shuttle available from the visitor center from the end of August until Labor Day weekend. Be sure to check out the visitor center exhibition, as well as the café and gift shop! Daily nature tours from the visitor center, seasonal events, and exhibitions.

Be conscious of "ram-jams" which may occur when bighorn sheep wander into the park. Deer, bats, snakes, and many different species of birds are also a common sight. As with any park, be mindful of the wildlife that calls this area home.

Overlooking Garden of the Gods is one of Colorado's many 14ers, Pikes Peak. This 14,115′ peak is reachable by cog railway or hiking depending on the season. Be sure to follow Gone With The Heather for our upcoming review on the world's second-most-visited mountain!

Although we did not complete a specific hike, we meandered through the park traveling just over a mile. This glacial-formed red rock formation is a focal point for outdoor activities and wildlife. Garden of the Gods is an enjoyable park for all ages and abilities. Visit the park's website for more information:

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