COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Garden of the Gods Park will be closed to vehicles on Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 5-8 a.m. to accommodate an Early Bird Hike & Bike. Offered free-of-charge by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department, this is an opportunity for recreationalists to enjoy the park and its roadways without vehicles as requested by the community. This experience was previously held on June 24 and Sept. 2.
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. As always, e-assist bicycles are allowed on the road, as are all other power-driven mobility devices (OPDMD) and inline or roller skates. Due to safety concerns during this scaled event and per normal park rules, skateboards/longboards are not allowed.
Parking is available in the naturally-surfaced overflow lot near the park’s main entrance (30th Street and Gateway Road) and in the parking lot at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post (324 Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs). Accessible parking spaces are available at the Trading Post.
This is the only Early Bird Hike & Bike scheduled in the park at this time. Similar opportunities may be offered again starting in the spring. Feedback collected Wednesday from users via a text survey will help determine future offerings. To provide your thoughts, simply text your zip code to 719-283-3252.