Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs (always free)

Category: Parks Last Updated: Monday, 04 May 2015

Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs is probably the most beautiful small park in the state. Paved trails make it easy to wander around and check out the amazing cliffs and spires. Picnic areas, paved and unpaved hiking trails, horseback riding, a trading post, and a visitor's center with amazing views; Garden of the Gods is a great place to spend a day.

Rock climbing is popular here among those who are experienced (permit required). Be careful when bringing children to Garden of the Gods, as it's very easy for children to get away from you and climb something that they can't safely get back down from.  I have seen both children and brainless adults in need of rescue at this park, so please be careful and use common sense. Stay on pavement and leave the offtrail hiking to the climbers.


Take route 24 west to Manitou Springs, and follow the signs to either of 2 popular entrances, either along El Paso Drive or Beckers Lane. There is also an entrance on North 30th Street in Colorado Springs and another on Ridge Road:  Map / Directions



May 1 through October 31: 5am to 11pm
Nov 1 through April 30: 5am to 9pm



Garden of the Gods home page: go