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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.

Popular Activities at Garden of the Gods

Make the most of your time at Garden of the Gods. Below is a list of the top things to do:

Want to discover this popular attraction in the best possible way? Then you can't go past a SEGWAY TOUR - Garden of the Gods - Juniper Loop.

If you're seeking even more activities, have a look at our Colorado Springs things to do page.


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Garden of the Gods Club and Resort $200
Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019
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Garden of the Gods Club and Resort

Garden of the Gods Club and Resort

3320 Mesa Rd, Colorado Springs, CO
     
    4.7 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Adequate accommodations, awesome view, a little bit dated

    Best Western Plus Executive Residency Fillmore Inn $148
    Reviewed on May 27, 2019
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    Best Western Plus Executive Residency Fillmore Inn

    Best Western Plus Executive Residency Fillmore Inn

    3150 N Chestnut St, Colorado Springs, CO
       
      4.7 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nice afternoon snacks and coffee/tea available all day. Very quiet location.

      Buffalo Lodge $79
      Reviewed on May 30, 2019
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      Buffalo Lodge

      Buffalo Lodge

      2 El Paso Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO
         
        3.9 of 5
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nice place, would stay again! Really clean and homey feeling

        Pool Access + Mountain View Accessible Cottage in Colorado Springs
        Pool Access + Mountain View Accessible Cottage in Colorado Springs

        Pool Access + Mountain View Accessible Cottage in Colorado Springs

        Colorado Springs, CO
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Colorado Springs, this cabin is within 3 mi (5 km) of Garden of the Gods, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, and Space Foundation Discovery Center. Old Colorado City and Bancroft Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Golf + Worldclass Spa Serene Cottage With Fireplace + Private Patio
          Golf + Worldclass Spa Serene Cottage With Fireplace + Private Patio

          Golf + Worldclass Spa Serene Cottage With Fireplace + Private Patio

          Colorado Springs, CO
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the mountains, this cabin is within 3 mi (5 km) of Garden of the Gods, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, and Space Foundation Discovery Center. Old Colorado City and Bancroft Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            World-class Spa + Golf Serene Casita With Fireplace + Private Patio
            World-class Spa + Golf Serene Casita With Fireplace + Private Patio

            World-class Spa + Golf Serene Casita With Fireplace + Private Patio

            Colorado Springs, CO
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the mountains, this condo building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Garden of the Gods, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, and Space Foundation Discovery Center. Old Colorado City and Bancroft Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Days Inn by Wyndham Manitou Springs $135
              Reviewed on Jun 8, 2019
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              Days Inn by Wyndham Manitou Springs

              Days Inn by Wyndham Manitou Springs

              120 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO
                 
                4.5 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Hotel was easily accessible to where family lives. Front desk staff & tech person on duty were friendly & helpful. 1st day of our stay our room was not touched at all...no new towels, bed not made up....2nd day it was done but just barely ( floor wasn’t vacuumed), bed linens just barely straightened ...

                Magnuson Grand Pikes Peak $149
                Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019
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                Magnuson Grand Pikes Peak

                Magnuson Grand Pikes Peak

                45 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  It was quite nice - clean and comfortable. We didn't spend much time here as we were exploring the beautiful area, but slept well. Breakfast was good enough and the attendants stayed on top of things. No complaints and we are definitely glad we chose this over some of other hotels in the area.