Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs

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    Hiking in the Garden of the Gods

    by TravellerMel Written Sep 10, 2014

    Definitely a "must do" - stop at the visitor's center on the way into the park and pick up a free map. The map will tell you how long/steep each hiking trail is and you can decide from there. You can easily do several in a day, and the two we did (Siamese Twins and Cabin Cañon Trail) would be perfect for kids. As beautiful as it is to just drive through the park, it takes on a new life when you are out walking in it - so incredibly beautiful...

    Be sure to bring water (more than you think you will need - the higher elevations can get to you if you aren't used to it), and be careful of snakes. We didn't see any, but there are signs everywhere to be on the lookout.

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    Cabin Cañon Trail

    by TravellerMel Written Sep 10, 2014

    Cabin Cañyon Trail is a short (less than a mile) simple loop that shares the trailhead with the Siamese Twins trail. Gorgeous views of Pikes Peak to the west. Ever so slightly more strenuous than the Siamese Twins trail (perhaps because it was our second walk and we were tired?), but certainly doable.

    Keep in mind, if you are not used to the altitude in Colorado, even an easy hike can feel strenuous. Be sure to stay hydrated (you will consume MUCH more water than you think), and don't over-do it. Altitude sickness when you are on vacation is not fun. Better to take it easy, and reach the top. :-)

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    Siamese Twins Trail

    by TravellerMel Written Sep 10, 2014

    The Siamese Twins Trail is an easy 1-mile loop trail, with less than a 150 foot incline. There is a beautiful and much-photographed view of Pikes Peak through the natural window of the twins. It is a nice walk on a well kept dirt trail. We saw a number of birds along this walk - since my husband was not with us, they were not identified. But pretty! ;-)

    Keep in mind, if you are not used to the altitude in Colorado, even an easy hike can feel strenuous. Be sure to stay hydrated (you will consume MUCH more water than you think), and don't over-do it. Altitude sickness when you are on vacation is not fun. Better to take it easy, and reach the top. :-)

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    Garden of the Gods Vistor & Nature Center - FREE

    by TravellerMel Written Sep 3, 2014

    An excellent place to start your visit to the Garden of the Gods - they have exhibits, and information desk with free park maps, a well stocked gift shop, a cafe, a movie theater, free ranger-led nature walks (call ahead for their schedule), and a beautiful scenic overlook. Stop here to get your free map of the rock formations, and use the facilities before you start your drive/hike. You can also rent jeeps and segways for tours.

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    Garden of the Gods

    by oriettaIT Updated Mar 16, 2014

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    This is a truly amazing place to visit if you happen to be in the area.
    The sandstone formations are incredible, colorful and towering all over you.
    The park is admission free and there are several walking trails, suitable also for wheelchairs. It is also possible to follow a driveway to move from the different viewpoints.
    There are many rock formation mostly reddish but also other color and it is a real wonder to walk around them.
    One of them is called the Kissing camels because it is exactly what it looks like.

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    “Nice Natural Attraction”

    by AVSENT Written Mar 1, 2014

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    This is a nice way to kill a few hours. The nice red rock formations are awesome. Great picture taking against the Rocky Mountains and Pikes Peak. The gift shop has nice gifts and some of the best views.

    Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods Balancing Rock
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  • Walking through the Garden of the Gods

    by Robynlm Written Sep 8, 2013

    This is a beautiful place to wander. The colors of the rocks change depending on the time you visit. Beautiful sunsets, as the sun hits the rocks at various angles, it is awe inspiring. This is a not to miss spot on anyone's itinerary.

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    Garden of the Gods

    by aja28 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Garden of the Gods is a gorgeous free public park. You can drive through...but I advise stopping and taking a walk through the park. There's a very nice spacious and paved walkway that will lead you through some amazing towering sandstone rock formations. There are restrooms at the park. And there are free Naturalist-led walks daily. They also have a very nice visitors' center.

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    Garden of the Gods

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Garden of the Gods is the best park in Colorado Springs for site seeing, picnicking, jogging, and biking. Miles of paved roads, dirt roads, and dirt trails provide excellent routes for all kinds of activities. When I'm in town, I love to run the central loop twice for a beautiful 4-mile run. With over 1.7 million visitors per year, Garden of the Gods is America's 29th most visited city park.

    Mom & Dad w/Garden of the Gods and the city
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    Garden of the Gods

    by bocmaxima Written Dec 20, 2010

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    This is one of the most obvious things to do in the city. You can see the formations from the interstate, beckoning you to take the short drive over. I always do.
    The best part about Garden of the Gods is that it's completely free, as this was stipulated in the grant of the land to the non-profit that runs it. It's impressive and certainly unexpected, but also lends itself nicely to the surprises that Colorado Springs, in general, offers to the visitor.
    When you go, go early. Later, the parking lots fill up with gawky tourists, screaming kids, and idiot teenagers who try to climb the rocks and get screamed at. It's very easy to get away from the masses on a number of trails away from the rocks though.
    Mind the one-way roads (get a map before you go in) and and letting cars behind you pass if you decide to stop in the middle of the road.

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    Garden of the Gods

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 6, 2009

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    This is one really unique place. It has a visitor center that shows 30 exhibits of the geology and why these rocks are created like they are. The red rocks come in various formations and most are named for some item/thing. You can get pics up close, but not to climb. It also has a show for $5. The gift shop, called trading center is close by. Open from 8-8 during most months, and 9-5 in winter months. Location is right close by the town of Colorado Springs, off Hwy 25.
    IF I COULD FIND THE OLD "LOST' PHOTOS YOU WOULD SEE MORE THAN THESE BROCHURES-BUT THE TRIP IS WORTH IT AND THAT IS WHY I AM PRESENTING TODAY, OR MAYBE UNTIL I RETURN.

    Brochure of the site Description of the location and to do
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    Garden of the God's

    by Toughluck Written Sep 6, 2009

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    The Garden of the God's was once a private holding that has become a county park. It's free to the public, with tours and a movie presentation available from the visitor center at the primary entrance. It offers paved trails and many parking areas from which you can walk through the towering spires. It's a beautiful place of red rocks and white towers. Many have fanciful names. Enjoy the tranquility of the open spaces, the shade of the pines and the sound of the wind.

    Main Entrance to the park Old Trading Post
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    Garden of the Gods

    by Tom_Fields Written Sep 30, 2008

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    This surreal landscape of sculpted rocks stands out even from a great distance. The wind and water have carved them into some very strange shapes.

    There are several good hiking trails. The Visitor Center has trail maps and other information about the park.

    You may observe rock climbers in the park. They have permission from the park management. You cannot just go out there and do this on your own. This is important to know, because unauthorized rock climbing is dangerous and may get you into trouble.

    Garden of the Gods, Pike's Peak in the background Some of the rock formations Visitors to the park A surreal place
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    by ColoradoKirk Written Jun 4, 2008

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    Garden of the Gods is a free city park in Colorado Springs made up of gargantuan sandstone fins and spires. Nestled at the foot of Pikes Peak, it's truly a geological oddity.

    You can drive through the park, or hike trails to strange rock formations like "Siamese Twins" and "Balanced Rock." Horseback riding is available through Academy Riding Stables, and dogs are welcome in the park.

    This is a great place to start a vacation in Colorado Springs!

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    Horseback Riding Through Garden of the Gods

    by blissgoodloe Written May 8, 2008

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    Your adventure begins at their stables 30 minutes prior to ride time, where you are matched with a horse that will carry you on either a one- or two-hour ride. Whether you’re an experienced rider or just a beginner, their trained cowboys have the knowledge and skill to insure your ride is the best it can be.
    As you wind along the scenic trails of historical Garden of the Gods, your eyes will feast on the natural beauty that inspired one of America’s most revered and timeless anthems, “America The Beautiful.”
    OPEN YEAR ROUND
    Office Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
    Must be 8 years old, 250 lb weight limit
    Call for Spring, Fall and Winter Schedules
    Reservations recommended.

    Academy Riding Stables, Main Barn Given a horse and settled in. Gabby and Myself
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