Garden of the Gods

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Garden of the Gods rock formations with clouds and sun

Photo by Dan Bourque

The towering red rock formations of the Garden of the Gods Park come alive when you visit the free Visitor and Nature Center and explore the geology, plants, animals and people of this amazing 1334.64-acre regional park, located at 1805 North 30th Street in Colorado Springs. This incredible city-owned park is truly one of a kind. The site is a National Natural Landmark, having been recognized by the Department of the Interior as "a nationally-significant natural area." It offers towering sandstone formations, a wonderful view of Pikes Peak, paved and unpaved hiking paths, the historic Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, a living history museum, placed on the National Register for Historic Places in 1971, and many other amenities.

The park was given to the city of Colorado Springs in 1909 by the children of railroad magnate Charles Elliot Perkins, in fulfillment of his wish that it be kept forever open and free to the public. As a result, this amazing park can be enjoyed free of charge.

Some activities and features include guided nature walks, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails, road biking and technical rock climbing.

Park Hours:

November 1 - April 30: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m.
May 1 - October 31: 5 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Traffic Impacts

Starting in the fall of 2019, many roads near the Garden of the Gods park may have construction affecting traffic.

Weddings at Garden of the Gods

View information for holding a wedding at Garden of the Gods here.

Ideas for your Garden Experience:

For the photographer, there's the most spectacular scenery in Colorado Springs. You can take great photos of Gateway and Balanced Rocks from their respective parking lots. Or, try the Siamese Twins trail for a unique view of Pikes Peak framed by a beautiful rock formation.

For active folks, there are miles of trails to explore. Start at the main parking lot for easy, concrete foot paths through the heart of the red rock formations. From the South Garden parking lot there are approximately 5 miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding. In addition, all one-way roads in the park have paved bike lanes.

If you like a more personal touch, you can enjoy free naturalist-led walks, daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., that present fascinating lore about wildflowers, rattlesnakes, gold-seekers and many other topics. Call the Visitor and Nature Center at (719) 219-0108 for a schedule of additional walks led by City of Colorado Springs interpreters. Special programs are offered year-round and some may require a reservation.  School Programs are offered during the school year and Junior Ranger Programs are available as well.

Garden of the Gods Nature Presentations also take place on a daily basis at the Visitor Center. They are free, last about 30 minutes, and explore a wide variety of topics, including the geology, ecology, wildlife and the cultural history of the Park. For more information call (719) 219-0108.

Technical climbing is permitted on established routes inside the park. 

Visitor and Nature Center

Covid-19 Closures

The Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center is focusing on the health of our community by temporarily suspending operations and postponing all programming in the Center. For more information please visit www.GardenofGods.com.

  • 1805 N. 30th Street (at Gateway Road)
  • Phone: (719) 634-6666

The FREE world-class Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center is your gateway to the Park.  Enjoy over 30 new state-of-the-art interactive exhibits showcasing the rich history, geology, flora and fauna found in the Park. See the world’s only Theiophytalia kerri dinosaur unique to the Park.

Learn how the amazing red rocks got there with the new Geo-Trekker Movie experience, shown every 20 minutes. The most visited attraction in the Pikes Peak region, the Center offers free park maps and information, guided nature walks, daily interpretive presentations, Café, and award winning gift shop. Proceeds benefit Garden of the Gods Park. For more information please visit www.GardenofGods.com.

Rock Climbing

Permits

Commercial Use Permits

Individuals, companies or organizations seeking to conduct commercial activity in Garden of the Gods Park must apply for a commercial use permit. If an individual/organization receives any form of compensation for what they are providing they are considered to be conducting a commercial activity/use. Examples include:

  • Guided Rock Climbing
  • Guided Talks, Hikes, and Walking Tours
  • Guided Scooter, Mountain Biking, Road Cycling and E-Assist Bicycle Tours
  • Scooter and Bicycle Rentals
  • Commercial Bus or Vehicle Tours
  • Guided Hiking and Walking Tours with Any Type of Animal (Llama, Wolves, Dogs, Etc.)
  • Art Workshops
  • Exercise/ Yoga Classes
  • Day Camps and Summer Camps
  • Other Commercial Activities

To learn more or apply for a Garden of the Gods Park commercial use permit, visit www.gardenofgods.com/permits

Commercial Photography, Video and Drone Use

Commercial photography, video and drone use within the Park is permitted through the Office of Special Events

At this time, professional photo or video projects where the final product is for the customer's personal use do not require a permit (this includes weddings, engagement photos, graduation photos, etc.) The Parks Recreation and Cultural Services Department is considering a permitting process for this type of use. Please visit the Commercial photography, video and drone use page for more information.

Drone photography is only permitted with expressed written consent (see Drone Policy).