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Garden of the Gods

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by Erin Connelly (subscribe)
I am a medievalist in the process of completing a PhD (involving medieval medicine). I travel as much as possible at home (UK) and abroad. I'm always ready for new experiences!
Published May 29th 2014
Majestic red rocks
Garden of the Gods is easily the most dramatic attraction in Colorado Springs. Imposing red rock formations are set against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, including Pikes Peak, one of Colorado's tallest mountains.

Photo by Erin Connelly


The park was originally privately owned by Charles Elliott Perkins, a successful nineteenth century businessman, who donated the park to the city upon his death on the condition that it would always be free to the public.

Photo by Erin Connelly


The park has many miles of paved and accessible hiking paths ensuring that visitors of all ages and abilities will be able to enjoy the scenery. Advanced rock climbing, mountain biking, and horseback tours are also available for more adventurous visitors.

The main visitor center has a restaurant overlooking the entire park, which provides dramatic photo opportunities. There is a secondary center, the Trading Post, located within the park, which sells local and specialty goods, such as hand-crafted Navajo products and Colorado souvenirs.

Photo by Erin Connelly.


Garden of the Gods is open daily from early morning to evening depending on the time of year.
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Why? Beautiful red rocks and mountain views
When: Daily, 8am 7pm; 9am - 5pm (winter)
Phone: 1-719-634-6666
Where: 1805 N. 30th st. Colorado Springs, CO, 80904
Cost: Free
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