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Colorado

Garden of the Gods

This incredible city-owned park is truly one of a kind. The site is a National Natural Landmark, having been recognized as "a nationally-significant natural area." It offers towering sandstone formations, a wonderful view of Pikes Peak, paved and unpaved hiking paths, the historic Rock Ledge Ranch living history museum, placed on the National Register for Historic Places in 1979, and many other amenities.
The park was given to the city of Colorado Springs in 1909 by the children of railroad magnate Charles Elliot Perkins, in fulfillment of his wish that it be kept forever open and free to the public. As a result, this amazing park can be enjoyed free of charge.

Some activities and features include guided nature walks, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails, road biking and technical rock climbing.

For the photographer , there's the most spectacular scenery in Colorado Springs. You can take great photos of Gateway and Balanced Rocks from their respective parking lots. Or, try the Siamese Twins trail for a unique view of Pikes Peak framed by a beautiful rock formation.

For active folks , there are miles of trails to explore. Start at the main parking lot for easy, concrete foot paths through the heart of the red rock formations. From the South Garden parking lot there are approximately 5 miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding. In addition, all one-way roads in the park have paved bike lanes.

If you like a more personal touch, you can enjoy free naturalist-led walks, daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., that present fascinating lore about wildflowers, rattlesnakes, gold-seekers and many other topics. Call the Visitor Center at (719) 634-6666 for a schedule of additional walks led by City of Colorado Springs interpreters. Special programs may be arranged for school and scout groups to include a Junior Ranger Program.

Rock climbers must first register at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. Technical climbing is permitted on established routes, in groups of two or more. Proper climbing equipment is mandatory, and the use of Eco Chalk is recommended. All other climbing or rock scrambling is illegal.

Park Hours:
November 1 - April 30: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m.
May 1 - October 31: 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Garden Of The Gods Campground:
3704 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs CO, 80904
Ph. 719-475-9450; within the US toll-free: 800-248-9451

Open Year Round 5 star campers resort located at the base of Pikes Peak adjacent to the Garden of the Gods Park, spectacular views near local attractions. Over 300 sites, 2 pavilions, 3 laundry & shower facilities, pool, hot tub, rec. room, store, barbecues, entertainment, tours, camper cabins, tenting, playground, basketball, phones, and more.

 
GPS Coordinates

1 -- Garden of the Gods
Decimal Lat: 38.881408 / Lon: -104.879876
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2 -- Entrance Garden of the Gods
Decimal Lat: 38.877597 / Lon: -104.871076
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