Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs

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Admire one of the country’s most impressive archaeological wonders at Garden of the Gods. The 552 hectare (1,364 acre) public park is famous for the dozens of freestanding red rock formations created by a geological upheaval millions of years ago. Hike through the lush green forests while admiring the towering 91 m (300 ft) formations set against the dramatic backdrop of snowcapped Pike’s Peak. Head to the park’s visitor and nature center to learn the history of the formations or to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy panoramic views of the park from the cafe terrace. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Colorado Springs using our trip planner.
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  • The rock formations at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs are impressive. Summer temperatures tend to be harsh. If hiking, visit prior to noon, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water a...  more »
  • Although we picked a hot day to go, we had a wonderful time. Breath-taking scenery, deer peeking at us from the trees, and an easy trail for us less agile types made for a nice time. The visitor cente...  more »
  • A short ride from the Broadmoor and simply beautiful. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. I recommend staying at least an hour.  more »
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  • With a name like Garden of the Gods, your expectations are set high and the park does not disappoint! The views are breathtaking, especially when the red rocks are set against that certain shade of blue Colorado sky. It's only short road trip from Denver, and the hikes vary from super easy paved walkways, to more intense terrains. We've taken young toddlers all the way up to my elderly parents, and everyone had a great time. It's very common to see rock climbers throughout. Only a couple minor criticisms: parking fills up quick during peak tourist season and on the easy paved hike there aren't many areas with shade, so the sun can get intense.
  • 4.5 stars for being such a unique place. Neat geology here. Not as amazing as some national parks I suppose, but a very interesting rock formation. I Rate it 5 stars as a local attraction. Easy to get to, free, well maintained. Worth the visit for sure if in the area. Almost unbelievable that someone donated this piece of land for us all to appreciate. Thank you
  • Garden of the Gods is magnificent. God truly is the greatest architect and it shows here. You will be reminded just how small human beings are compared to the world. This place looks like it was created directly from a heavenly thrown! It's very family friendly and dog friendly. I highly recommend anyone visiting there if you are near Colorado springs. There are a ton of good restaurants and delicious beer around as well! Enjoy!
  • Don’t forget to stop here before you explore the park. Such nice people & dog friendly! Thank you for complementing us & asking to pet us (pets are always a bonus). Staff & volunteers are very helpful & knowledgeable. If they don’t know, they find out. Some neat items in the gift shop, including some for us pups. And plenty of photo ops here! We can’t wait to visit again & again.
  • Free, fun and educational. How can you beat that. Where you just enjoy outdoor sightseeing or really into geology, there's fun for the family and kids of all ages. Get your exercise or enjoy from the road. Nice choice so you aren't missing out if you're mobility challenged. Breathe taking views on a sunny day. Beautiful any day. One of the must see when visiting this area.

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