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Garden of the Gods

Get a taste for the Colorado landscape as you explore this huge city park on your own or during a guided bus or Segway tour.

The rugged landscape of the western states of America has long been central to the region’s reputation as the Wild West and the Garden of the Gods is a stunning example of this terrain. As the low, grassy plains around Denver give way to dense woodlands, a series of rock formations rise dramatically upwards. These phenomenal red rocks are the centerpieces of the 1,367-acre (553-hectare) Garden of the Gods park, a favorite destination for hikers, mountain bikers and other lovers of the great outdoors.

Spend a day exploring the expansive natural landscape of Colorado. A network of scenic drives will take you through the park and many of the biggest attractions can be seen from the road. Stop a while at the site of the delicately poised Balanced Rock, one of the most photographed rock formations in the area. 

While you may feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, the Garden of the Gods is located just outside of Colorado Springs and just an hour's drive from Denver. Those eager to really go off the beaten track will love the trails that take you through gorges, over mountains and between the huge rocks. Trek through the wilderness on the Siamese Twins Trail, one of the park’s most popular hikes. 

There are also 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) of paved paths, which are accessible by people in wheelchairs or families with strollers.

Guesthouses and restaurants are located on the edge of the park. Pack a picnic and find a quiet spot to enjoy the scenic views of Pikes Peak. 

Pick up maps and trail recommendations at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center. The park is located approximately 67 miles (108 kilometers) south of Denver and is best reached by car. There is no fee for entry. Parking is also free. On some of the busier public holidays, a four-wheel drive vehicle or coach bus tour is available for a fee to take you around the park. Segway tours are another option to explore this amazing landscape.


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Garden of the Gods Resort and Club $199
Garden of the Gods Resort and Club

Garden of the Gods Resort and Club

3320 Mesa Rd, Colorado Springs, CO
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Colorado Springs hotel is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Garden of the Gods and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Space Foundation Discovery Center and Old Colorado City are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Best Western Plus Executive Residency Fillmore Inn $101
    Best Western Plus Executive Residency Fillmore Inn

    Best Western Plus Executive Residency Fillmore Inn

    3150 N Chestnut St, Colorado Springs, CO
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Colorado Springs, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Colorado College. Monument Valley Park and Space Foundation Discovery Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Hyatt Place Colorado Springs $99
      Hyatt Place Colorado Springs

      Hyatt Place Colorado Springs

      503 West Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs, CO
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Colorado Springs, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Space Foundation Discovery Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        5BR Garden of the Gods is Across the Street!
        5BR Garden of the Gods is Across the Street!

        5BR Garden of the Gods is Across the Street!

        3117 Chambers Way, Colorado Springs, CO
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Pleasant Valley, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and Garden of the Gods. Red Rock Canyon is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.

          Garden of the Gods Retreat
          Garden of the Gods Retreat

          Garden of the Gods Retreat

          Colorado Springs, CO
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Pleasant Valley, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and Garden of the Gods. Red Rock Canyon is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

            The Mountain Modern -Perfect home for family gatherings!
            The Mountain Modern -Perfect home for family gatherings!

            The Mountain Modern -Perfect home for family gatherings!

            Colorado Springs, CO
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly vacation home is located in the city center, within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Colorado City and Garden of the Gods. Red Rock Canyon is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

              Days Inn by Wyndham Manitou Springs $81
              Days Inn by Wyndham Manitou Springs

              Days Inn by Wyndham Manitou Springs

              120 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Garden of the Gods Trading Post and Garden of the Gods. Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs Heritage Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Little Modern Ranch l Garden of the Gods- Excellent Home for Family Gatherings
                Little Modern Ranch l Garden of the Gods- Excellent Home for Family Gatherings

                Little Modern Ranch l Garden of the Gods- Excellent Home for Family Gatherings

                Colorado Springs, CO
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Colorado Springs vacation home is located in Pleasant Valley, within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Colorado City and Garden of the Gods. Red Rock Canyon is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.