The Early Bird Hike & Bike at Garden of the Gods is an opportunity for recreationalists to enjoy the park and its roadways without motor vehicles. Offered free-of-charge by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department, this experience is in response to a community request. The format was successfully tested during Bike to Biz week on June 24.
Due to COVID-19, the park’s popular and well-attended biannual Motorless Morning events, held in the spring and fall since 2018, have been cancelled in 2020. Taking its place is the Early Bird Hike & Bike, a scaled version of Motorless Morning. All normal park rules will be enforced, and all visitors are asked to follow public health guidelines, including practicing physical distancing and wearing a face covering when a minimum of 6 feet can’t be maintained. For safety and per normal park rules, skateboarding is not allowed.
Parking is available in the naturally-surfaced overflow lot near the park’s main entrance on 30th Street and in the parking lot at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post. Accessible parking spaces are available at the Trading Post.
Upcoming Hike and Bike Oct. 7
Garden of the Gods Park will be closed to vehicles but open to hikers and bikers on October 7, from 5-8 a.m.
- All visitors should follow public health guidelines, including physical distancing and wearing a face covering when a minimum of six feet cannot be maintained.
Recreating on the Road
- No motor vehicles are allowed. Even though there are no cars, there are many different ways that people may use the road during this morning. Share the road and be aware of your surroundings.
- Slow down and enjoy. The speed limit is 20 mph throughout the park.
- People downhill of you have the right of way. Control your speed and announce yourself to others when attempting to pass.
- Even when you’re not on a hill, it’s always a good idea to make your presence known to other users, particularly when approaching from behind.
- Please don’t block the road. Allow room for other users to pass safely. You may need to form a single file line, or in some areas step to the side to let others pass.
- Pets are welcome, but must be on leash at all times and all pet waste removed. Be aware of the length of your leash and your surroundings.
As always, e-assist bicycles are allowed, as are all other power-driven mobility devices (OPDMD) and inline or roller skates. Per normal park rules, skateboards/longboards are not allowed.
- Stay alert. Always be on the lookout for other users. Wear only one earbud while listening to music for both personal safety and awareness.
Recreating off the Road
- The park has unique and sensitive soil that is easily damaged. Even one person off trail can create decades of destruction. Protect the park by staying on official trails.
- The rocks in the park are easily damaged. Do not mark, carve or ride on them.
- Rock climbing permit and safety gear are required for any rock climbing activities inside the park. You can get a permit online at https://coloradosprings.gov/parks/webform/rock-climbing-permit.
- There are areas inside the park for bouldering. You must have a climbing permit and climbing safety pads are recommended.