Summer time is just right around the corner! If your road trip or flight details gets you somewhere near Colorado Springs, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to plan a stopover at the Garden of the Gods. It is truly a magical place, making you wonder how the red giant rocks existed in a surrounding mountain area.
If you only have a few hours to spare, roaming around the park inside your car is enjoyable as well. You can still feast your eyes on the spectacular giant red rocks as you ride along. Then, there are designated parking areas if you want to go down from your car and take a few snaps near the red rocks. Do keep in mind though the massive “balanced rock,” for it is one of the highlights at this park.
On the other hand, if you are thinking of allotting the whole day spending time at the park, below is the list of activities you can do.
Watch a movie – the 14 minutes long movie that is. It is highly recommended for visitors to watch this movie first before exploring the park. Most of the guests who have been at the park said that you will better appreciate the Garden of the Gods if you have the proper knowledge of the park’s history. There is a fee though which costs $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children ages 5-12.
Photography – Clean those lenses. You read it right. Take advantage of the mystical sights. The scenic views at this park are amazingly breathtaking. Just imagine the gigantic red rock formations with the stunning mountain views in the background. Add up envisioning beautiful clouds in the expansive blue skies as well. So with that, make sure that your lenses are well cleaned and pack extra batteries or cameras for others, just in case you’ll get mesmerized taking hundreds of snaps!
Walking/Hiking – Wear comfortable shoes. Expect plenty of walks so make sure you have your old dependable shoes with you. Some of the hiking trails are quite long and doesn’t have enough shades. So it is advisable for you to bring drinking water and wear appropriate attire. Light clothing, sunglasses, hats or caps, and sun block will keep you cool and protected as well from the harmful sun rays. Don’t forget to get a free map, you’ll never know when it is handy.
Be reminded that there are free guided walks every 10:00 am and 2:00 pm daily that lasts for about 30 minutes. It is a great way to learn more about the park’s flora and fauna as well as some interesting facts about Colorado.
Mountain Biking – Experience it, Colorado way. For those who have the passion of pedaling through the mountains, Colorado is said to be one of the country’s best. There are certain biking trails and paved bike lanes which you should be first familiar with. This is an important manner you should consider because these trails/lanes are shared with hikers and even those who are horseback riding. Again, there is a free map you can avail at the Visitor Center.
Horseback Riding – Add a spark to your visit. If you are looking for a fascinating way of exploring the Garden of the Gods, horseback riding might be the answer. You can either bring your own horse and explore on your own or opt for the guided horseback rides tour. For the guided tour, you may contact the Academy Riding Stables at 719-633-5667.
Rock Climbing – Engage in some workout. It does sound scary for some to climb those high peaks but the looks on the faces of those who brave these high climbs are unbeatable. If you are a daring individual looking for a remarkable adventure, this activity might just be a good fit for you. But for the rock climbing enthusiasts, the park promises the “best climbing routes in one of the world’s most historic climbing venues”. So if you are in for adrenalin of fun, sign up for this activity.
Picnicking – Relax and fill your tummy. Of course, aside from all the strenuous activities the Garden of the Gods offer, rest should include in your itinerary. There are two picnic areas which are open for all the visitors to use. If you wish to have some barbeque, you are allowed to bring a propane grill. Just make sure to clean up afterwards and leave no traces of trash.
Segway Tour or Van and Jeep Tours – Pick whichever you like. If hiking, biking, or horseback riding is not your thing, you may go for a Segway Tour or Van and Jeep Tours to better appreciate the astonishing views at this park. Although keep in mind the limited availability of the Segway Tour. So make sure to book a reservation beforehand.
In different circumstances, the Van and Jeep Tours can be availed at the information desk in the Visitor and Nature Center. The price for this tour starts at $10.
These tours are great options for those who want to get hold of all the enlightening facts and whereabouts at the Garden of the Gods Park.
Junior Rangers Program – Learn more about this park. This is a great program for kids’ ages 7 to 12 with activities enhancing their knowledge about the Garden of the Gods Park. It requires a $3 fee which includes an activity booklet, a badge and a certificate. If you are interested to engage your kids in the program, just inquire at the information desk in the Visitor and Nature Center.
Visitor and Nature Center – Don’t miss out this spot. Never leave the park without even peeking what’s in store for you at this center. You can find interactive exhibits, do some souvenir shopping, and even dine in. There is also a stunning view waiting for you at the terrace, so got to have a group picture there! And if you are still hungry for more of its culture, you may consider booking the Native American Dance group to perform for your group while dining for a cost of $150. Yes, it is a little bit pricey for some but if you are eager to experience a unique amusement, it is not that bad at all.
Colorado is one of our family’s most favorite destinations in America. Exploring the beauty of nature is a never-ending passion for us. So if you share the same sentiments, go and uncover a one of a kind adventure at the Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado. You’ll never regret it. Plus the admission is free!
Address: 1805 N. 30th Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904
Park Hours: May 1 to October 31 from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm
November 1 to April 30 5:00 am to 9:00 pm
Visitor & Nature Center Hours: Winter months from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Summer Hours from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Contact Number: 719-634-6666