About the Study
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is exploring options to improve the overall visitor experience at Garden of the Gods Park. An estimated four million people visit Garden of the Gods each year. The department's goal is to ensure that this beautiful landmark can be enjoyed safely and responsibly by tourists and residents alike for generations to come.
“We know Garden of the Gods is a jewel in our parks system, and therefore it is vital that we work to take care of it, improve accessibility and protect it from the excessive environmental impact caused by high traffic numbers. We hope to explore several options for improving the overall visitor experience,” said Kim King, Parks Administration Manager.
The department hired Volpe National Transportation Systems Center to conduct a park transportation study.
Key elements of the Study
- Shuttle service between Rock Ledge Ranch, the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, and Garden of the Gods Park. The study was conducted by the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center.
- New ADA accessible trail along the north side of Gateway Road
- Increased parking at Rock Ledge Ranch
- Access to Garden of the Gods Park will remain free
Open House March 12, 2018
- PowerPoint Presentation
- Service Overview
- Shuttle Routes
- Parking Options
- Vehicle Types
- Fee Structure Alternatives
- Car Free Days
- Other Considerations
- Transit in Parks
- Trail Improvements
- Garden of the Gods shuttle survey draft plan (PDF)
- Volpe National Transportation Systems Center agreement
- Survey Data