Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods showing mountains and tranquil scenes
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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 andfind 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.

Top Hotels Close to Garden of the Gods

Magnuson Grand Pikes Peak
Magnuson Grand Pikes Peak
2.5 out of 5
45 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829
The price is $94 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 29
$94
per night
Nov 28 - Nov 29
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Manitou Springs. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,004 reviews)
"Loved the view"

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Garden of the Gods Resort and Club
Garden of the Gods Resort and Club
4 out of 5
3320 Mesa Rd, Colorado Springs, CO, 80904
The price is $119 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15
$119
per night
Dec 14 - Dec 15
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Colorado Springs. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,001 reviews)
"Everything was excellent. Only slight issue we had was in the description based off the app. There was a video showing the casita and then options to choose. I went for the two queen beds as I had three people staying. This room doesn’t not come with the rest of the casita. If you want the living/dining/kitchen ..."

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2022

Garden of the Gods Resort and Club
Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center A Ministry of the Navigators
Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center A Ministry of the Navigators
2.5 out of 5
3820 N 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO, 80904
The price is $111 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2
$111
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2
Stay at this business-friendly lodge in Colorado Springs. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (842 reviews)
"There is so much to explore on the grounds at Glen Eryie. We enjoyed the trails, the views and the wildlife. We received snowfall on our visit so it was even more lovely to play in the snow. The staff was so welcoming, friendly and kind. The breakfast options included hot and cold items and they ..."

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center A Ministry of the Navigators
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Quality Inn and Suites Garden of the Gods
Quality Inn and Suites Garden of the Gods
2.5 out of 5
555 W Garden Of Gods Rd, Colorado Springs, CO, 80907
Quality Inn and Suites Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods Resort and Club
Garden of the Gods Resort and Club
4 out of 5
3320 Mesa Rd, Colorado Springs, CO, 80904
Garden of the Gods Resort and Club
Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center A Ministry of the Navigators
Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center A Ministry of the Navigators
2.5 out of 5
3820 N 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO, 80904
Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center A Ministry of the Navigators
Magnuson Grand Pikes Peak
Magnuson Grand Pikes Peak
2.5 out of 5
45 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829
Magnuson Grand Pikes Peak
Best Western Plus Executive Residency Fillmore Inn
Best Western Plus Executive Residency Fillmore Inn
3 out of 5
3150 N Chestnut St, Colorado Springs, CO, 80907
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Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort
Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort
2 out of 5
2 El Paso Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO, 80904
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Days Inn by Wyndham Manitou Springs
Days Inn by Wyndham Manitou Springs
2.5 out of 5
120 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829
Days Inn by Wyndham Manitou Springs
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Manitou Springs, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Manitou Springs, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
114 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Manitou Springs, an IHG Hotel
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
103 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
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