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Garden of the Gods

Visitor Information - Garden of the Gods

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  • Hours: Open seven days a week, year round except Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1
  • Reservations: Not required
  • Cost: Visitor center and nature walks free
  • How Long: Allow about an hour
  • Best Time to Visit: Any time, but best in summer

Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods is an area of towering red sandstone formations with a great view of Pikes Peak.

Garden of the Gods Attractions

  • Free naturalist-led walks (daily)

  • Multi-media presentation "How Did Those Red Rocks Get There?" in the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center (entrance fee, check the website for a discount coupon)

  • Historic Rock Ledge Ranch and living history museum.

  • Outdoor activities at the Garden of the Gods: hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, road biking and technical rock climbing.

  • Photography: Photograph Garden of the Gods highlights Gateway and Balanced Rocks from their respective parking lots, or hike the Siamese Twins trail for a view of Pikes Peak framed by a rock formation.

Railroad magnate Charles Elliot Perkins' children gave the Garden of the Gods to the city of Colorado Springs in 1909. Perkins wanted Garden of the Gods to be kept open and free to the public. As a result, there is no admission fee.

Did you know? The Garden of the Gods was named by two surveyors. M. S. Beach thought it was a good place for a beer garden, but his companion Rufus Cable said it was fit for deities to assemble, and named it the Garden of the Gods.

Getting to Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods
1805 N. 30th Street (at Gateway Road)
Colorado Springs CO 80904
719-634-6666
Garden of the Gods website

Exit I-25 at Exit 146 onto Garden of the Gods Road west. Turn left on 30th Street and follow the signs to the Garden of the Gods visitor center.

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