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Garden of the Gods Loop

Colorado Springs, Colorado

4.7/5
based on 21 reviews

Details

Distance

4.28 miles

Elevation Gain

581 ft

Route Type

Loop

Description

Added by Eric Schuette

Visit one of the most interesting and recognizable landscapes in Colorado for free! You can drive one of several loop roads, walk one of or more of the many trails through the area, or rock climb some of the interesting rock formations. Wildlife, wildflowers, amazing scenery, and interesting geology means Garden of the Gods has something for everyone.

If you are new to the area a stop by the visitor center can help to get a map of the trails and roads in the area as well as obtain a climbing permit (one is needed to climb and is free).

Once you have entered the area there are multiple trails and pullouts that you can explore. Many of the trails are paved and most of the year easy to follow. During the summer expect crowds during the day but those thin very early or late. In the winter snow can provide a wonderful addition to the landscape. The area is not very large and can easily be explored in a day.

The map below outlines a 4.3-mile loop trail starting at the Palmer Trailhead and heading south. This loop allows you to cover much of the park including parts of the Palmer Trail, Siamese Twins, the Scottsman, Chuckwagon Pavilion, Three Sisters Plaza, and more. Dogs are permitted on this loop but must be on a leash. 

CLIMBING:
For those who are interested in climbing make sure to obtain a permit from the visitor center. Also, the staff can brief you on current area closures (usually raptor nesting) as they are not marked on the park. There are multitudes of routes that provide all levels of a challenge but all have really cool views of the area.

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Features

Rock Climbing
Cycling
Photography
Running
Hiking
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildlife
ADA Accessible

Garden of the Gods Loop Reviews

Easily one of my favorites! Such pretty rocks. Loved the accessibility and trails throughout the park.

Hope to walk it again, really neat area

This park is easily accessible both from the standpoint of just walking on any of the paved paths to climbing. The best time to go is on the off season since the loop road can turn into a parking lot on summer days, but if you are able to get there on a spring evening you won't forget it. For somewhere so close to a city, you can see lots of wildlife including mule deer, bobcat, black bear etc. As for the climbing Montezuma's Tower and New Era are both worth it for the summits!

Awesome park!! Beautiful landscapes. The red rocks make for some insane sunrise / sunsets!! Make a stop here for sure!!

I loved this park when I went to Colorado the first time! The rock formations are so amazing and unique, and it's fun to see the ones with recognizable shapes, like the Kissing Camels.

Pikes Peak may be the nearby headline, but this public park is amazing and will remind you more of Arizona rather than Colorado.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Nearby

Scotsman Trail Loop

Siamese Twins Loop

Perkins Central Garden Trail

Hike the Upper Loop Trail

Bike the Garden of the Gods Loop

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