Due to COVID-19, Motorless Morning events will not be held in 2020. A scaled version – called the Early Bird Hike & Bike – is being offered in its place.
About Motorless Morning
Since April 2018, the City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department has offered two Motorless Mornings a year in Garden of the Gods Park. The special event eliminates motor vehicle access within the park from 6 a.m.-noon, offering guests a unique experience in the park. Generally held in April and October, the official dates are released approximately one month in advance of each event.
During motorless mornings, visitors are encouraged to park at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post (324 Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs) or in the naturally-surfaced parking lot at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (corner of N 30th Street and Gateway Road). Persons with disabilities can park at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center (1805 N 30th Street) and request a shuttle into the park. The event is free and open to the public, and all park rules and regulations apply. At noon, the park reopens to motor vehicles.
Motorless Morning was conceptualized from a transportation study designed to enhance the visitor experience and protect the natural elements of Garden of the Gods Park. Visit ColoradoSprings.gov/GOGTransportationStudy for more information on the study.
To set aside one morning each spring and each fall for Garden of the Gods Park and the wildlife that call it home to take a deep breath and reset. Without vehicular traffic, the natural sights and sounds of the garden come alive for visitors to experience the park in a whole new way.
Without cars, the park’s winding roadways beckon to cyclists and joggers, skaters and dog walkers, offering the chance for a wide variety of user groups to join together, slow down and enjoy the splendor of this wonderful city park.
Q: What are the hours for the Motorless Morning on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019?
A: The event will be held from 6:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Normal traffic patterns will resume immediately following the event.
Q: What is the purpose behind the Motorless Morning event?
A: Motorless Morning was conceptualized from a transportation study designed to enhance the visitor experience and protect the natural elements of Garden of the Gods Park. This event will eliminate motor vehicle access within the park throughout the event to allow park visitors to enjoy the natural sights and sounds within the park without vehicle noise.
Q: Is the Motorless Morning event free?
Q: Is parking for the Motorless Morning event-free and where is parking available?
A: Yes, parking for the event is free. During the event, visitors will be encouraged to park their vehicles at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post (324 Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs) or in the temporary parking lot at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (corner of North 30th Street and Gateway Road). Accessible parking is available in the south lot of the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center.
Q: Are there new ways to access the park?
A: Yes, there is a new paved trail from the Gateway Road entrance to the Central Garden zone. Along with being ADA compliant, this beautiful trail provides a more nature-oriented experience as it winds through scrub oak toward the Central Garden Zone.
Q: What accommodations have been made for individuals with disabilities?
A: Access to the park is being provided for all, including designated parking for persons with disabilities. All park visitors will have access to accessible routes into and throughout the park. Persons with disabilities can park at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center (1805 N 30th Street) and be shuttled into the park. The on-call shuttle will provide access into the Park by dropping individuals off at the intersection of Gateway Road and Juniper Way. This will provide individuals access into the Central Garden area via an accessible trail. As always, the City will permit the use of other power-driven mobility devices (OPDMD) within the park throughout the event. Click here to view the City’s OPDMD policy. The City will also consider any other reasonable accommodation requests. If you need another accommodation, please contact: email@example.com or visit https://coloradosprings.gov/office-accessibility/page/office-accessibility
Q: Where can I find additional information regarding park rules and guidelines?
A: Per usual, the park will remain free and open to the public, and all park rules and regulations will be in effect. The one exception is that skateboarding is allowed on roads only. Please refer to the following links for park and trail information. Additional information can be found on the Etiquette tab.
Q: Will there be emergency access into and egress from the park during the event?
A: Yes. All entrances will be closed with staff at each location should there be a need to unlock and open a gate for emergency access during the event.
Q: When will I know the event is over if I am still in the park?
A: Park rangers will drive through the park beginning at 11:30 a.m. to announce that vehicles will soon be entering the park.
Q: How can I provide feedback regarding my experience at the Motorless Morning?
A: A short survey will be available the day of the event by texting your zip code to 719-249-4839. If you need an accommodation to access the survey, please contact the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department at 719-385-5940 or emailing your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Park officials will be actively working to encourage the below etiquette during the event. If you do not heed the rules, you will be asked to leave the park so others can enjoy this special morning in Garden of the Gods.
- No motor vehicles are allowed. Even though there are no cars, there are many different ways that people use the road during this event. Share the road and be aware of your surroundings.
- Slow down and enjoy. The speed limit is 20 mph throughout the park.
- Respect all of the marked SLOW ZONES. They are in place for everyone’s safety.
- Follow the marked one-way traffic and do not go against traffic for the safety of others.
- During the event, the bike lane is not designated for bikes. Slower traffic should use the right side of the road, and passing should occur on the left.
- 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.
- E-assist bicycles are allowed, as are all other power-driven mobility devices (OPDMD). Click here to view the City’s OPDMD policy. Skateboards are also allowed, on the road only.
- Stay alert. Always be on the lookout for other users. Wear only one earbud while listening to music for both personal safety and awareness.
- 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. Skates, skateboards, bikes and other equipment can cause significant damage to the rock formations.
- Horseback rides on designated trails can be scheduled with Academy Riding Stables. If you bring your horse to the park, ride only on designated trails.
- Rock Climbing Permit and safety gear are required for any rock climbing activities inside the park. You can get a permit online or at the information desk in the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.
- There are areas inside the park for bouldering. You must have a climbing permit and climbing safety pads are recommended.