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Climb and Hike in the Garden of the Gods

Colorado Springs, Colorado

4.7/5
based on 21 reviews

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 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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Features

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

Reviews

Garden of the God's is one of my favorite places in CO. It's family and dog friendly and there are countless areas to explore. It gets very crowded during the warm months so be prepared to be surrounded by other people. Also, afternoon thunderstorms are quite common so plan accordingly.

Garden of the Gods is one of the most amazing places not only in CO, but in the country. From the red rocks to the lush green plants and cacti, this place is beautiful in every way. You can climb and hike all over the rocks, spending hours exploring areas of the park. It's family friendly and accessibly to all.

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

Leave No Trace

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

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