Climb and Hike in the Garden of the Gods

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 helpful to get a map of the trails and roads in the area as well as obtaining a climbing permit (one is needed to climb and is free).

Once you have entered the area there are multiple trails and pull outs 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.

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

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ūü•ą Contributor

about 4 years ago

Beautiful

The red rocks honestly wasn't what i was expecting when my girlfriend and i visited Colorado. Even though it is very beautiful, it is very touristy. I am not one for just visiting a touristy place while exploring a new place. It it obviously free and can be driven through. Enjoyed being there all the same & definitely a must see when visiting Colorado

ūü•ą Contributor

over 4 years ago

Stunning Contrast Of Mountain And Red Rock

Great rock climbing and bouldering; easy walking trails. Tons of wildlife especially in the morning. Got there at 7 for a light coffee stroll and meditation. To climb you need a permit, which can be obtained for free online via the park website. Great spot right on the edge of the city.

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ūü•ą Contributor

over 4 years ago

Springs staple

Great spot in the springs to check out. Tons of trails and endless areas to explore! A must see.

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