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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

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.

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

A very cool place to visit. Easy walking. Saw tons of wildlife!

Leave No Trace

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

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Scotsman Trail Loop

Siamese Twins Loop

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Perkins Central Garden Trail

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