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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.

All normal park rules will be enforced. For safety and per normal park rules, skateboarding and longboards are not allowed.

As always, entrance to the park is free.


Early Bird Hike & Bikes occur from 5 to 8 a.m. on the last Wednesday of the month between May through September in 2024:

  • May 29
  • June 26
  • July 31
  • Aug. 28
  • Sept. 25

Free Parking

  • Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center (1805 30th Street),
  • Garden of the Gods Trading Post (324 Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs)
  • Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (corner of 30th Street and Gateway Road).

Designated parking for persons with disabilities is available at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. From the visitor center, a shuttle into the main parking lot will be available upon request on Motorless Morning for those guests who need it. All park visitors will have access to accessible routes into and throughout the park, and the City will permit the use of other power-driven mobility devices (OPDMD), per its OPDMD policy.

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
  • There are areas inside the park for bouldering.  You must have a climbing permit and climbing safety pads are recommended.


Related Event

bikes, walker, skateboarders and other non-motorized users fill the road through Garden of the Gods Park

Motorless Morning

This event at Garden of the Gods Park also eliminates motor vehicle access within the park.