Garden of the Gods

 Garden of the Gods ridgeback mountains

The Garden of the Gods is a unique biological melting pot where the grasslands of the Great Plains meet the pinon-juniper woodlands characteristic of the American Southwest and merge with the mountain forest of Pikes Peak.

The 300 million years of geological history of the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs reveals one of the most extensive pictures of earth history found anywhere in the United States. It is a true geological wonder.


In your GPS, use the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center for the main entrance of the park: 1805 N. 30th St. Colorado Springs, Colorado.


  • May 1 – October 31: 5AM – 11PM
  • November 1 – April 30: 5AM – 9PM
  • Both the park and Visitor & Nature Center are free and open to the public.



  • Hiking – There are 15 miles of trails in the park. The Perkins Central Garden Trail is a 1 1/2 mile paved trail that is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Stop by the Visitor & Nature Center to pick up a free map with all of the hiking and biking trails or take one of their guided walks.
  • Biking – Guided electric bike tours provided by Amp’d  Adventures, who also rent e-Bikes and standard mountain bikes. Mountain biking is permitted on select trails in the park, and all one-way roads have paved bike lanes. View a Bike Trail Map for more details.
  • Horseback Riding – Guided horseback riding is provided by Academy Riding Stables. They offer 1 & 2 hour rides fitted for beginners and experts.
  • Other Ways to See the Park – Explore Garden of the Gods on a Segway or on a Jeep tour! Short and long tours are provided by Adventures Out West.
  • Birding – Garden of the Gods Park is listed on the Colorado Birding Trail. There are more than 15 types of birds that you can see there.
  • Rock Climbing – Rock climbing is permitted in the park. You must fill out the free registration form and abide by all rules. Want to learn how to rock climb? Check out these outfitters and they will teach you in Garden of the Gods Park.



Is Garden of the Gods free to visit?
Yes, both the Park and Visitor & Nature Center are free and open to the public.

Where can I find a map of the park?
Click the link below to view or download a PDF map of the park.
Garden of the Gods Park Map

Are dogs allowed in Garden of the Gods Park?
Yes, dogs are allowed on a leash throughout the park. An off-leash area is open south of Gateway Road near the main entrance and Rock Ledge Ranch. Please pick up after your pet, it is the law.

What is the elevation at Garden of the Gods?
Garden of the Gods sits at about 6,400 feet or 1951 meters above sea level. Find more tips on high-altitude travel here.

How far is Garden of the Gods from other attractions?
Below are approximate times from Garden of the Gods to nearby attractions and points of interest.

  • Manitou Incline: Approximately 21 minutes
  • Pikes Peak Highway: Approximately 16 minutes
  • Cave of The Winds Mountain Park: Approximately 16 minutes
  • The Broadmoor Seven Falls: Approximately 22 minutes