Garden of the Gods Hiking Trail


Colorado Springs, Colorado
(hiking near Colorado Springs, CO)

Trail length:

15 miles
Posted by: mtbgreg1 on October 17, 2006


Description

There are numerous trails to hike at Garden of the Gods. Some of them are paved and crowded with tourists, and some of them are narrow singletrack that's more remote.

I have visited many natural places, and Garden of the Gods is close to the top of my lists of most beautiful places of all time! You have to experience the grandeur of these sandstone rocks!

Garden of the Gods is also very popular as a rock climbing and bouldering destination.

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Reviews of Garden of the Gods



Reviewed by James Tracy on March 7, 2014

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Easy hike, great views. When you think of hiking in Colorado, you normally think of hills and mountains. Garden of the Gods is as flat as they come. But for what it lacks in difficulty, it makes up for in views. There are several branches, so if you want to go for a shorter trip, you can. It is perfect for kids. There are many rocks and sights to see. The added bonus is that it's also close to Colorado Springs, so you don't have to trek up into the mountains before starting the actual hike.
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Reviewed by WillValentine on April 28, 2013

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Beautiful
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Reviewed by berlyb on January 4, 2013

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A wonderful variety of hikes. Some are paved, others are just dirt pathways. There are a lot of climbers. Don't get tempted to scramble on the rocks; the park rangers are always on the lookout for those without ropes or climbing permits (which are free and can be found in the visitor center). Always a busy place to be, but very beautiful. You can sometimes see big-horn-sheep roaming nearby or rattlesnakes sunning on the pavement. Dog friendly.
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Reviewed by LightFoot on August 31, 2012

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This is an inspiring place. It has so many rock formations to explore. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the many trails meandering between the rocks and around the hills. The red rocks against the blue sky really paints a pretty picture.
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Reviewed by Christy Marie on August 24, 2012

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Garden of the Gods, it is aptly named. A gorgeous, inspiring place/
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Reviewed by Sarah Hikes on August 24, 2012

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This is a great place to visit for the whole family. It is totally free every day of the year and there are lots of different hiking trails. It is a very popular place for locals. The red rocks are absolutely beautiful. I've only been once but I definitely want to go back and hike all the trails.
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Reviewed by mtbgreg1 on July 20, 2011

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This area is absolutely gorgeous!
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Reviewed by Justache on July 3, 2011

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Great place to spend the morning or afternoon. There are multiple trails winding through the Garden. Some short paths to picnic tables and longer paths to really get into nature. And, to top it all off, some fantastic climbing all over the beautiful rock formations.
If you're the type that enjoys knowing the history of an area and/or about the local flora and fauna there is a visitors center just outside the Garden to get your knowledge fill.
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Tags

bluffs   busy   canyon   day hike   desert   dirt   easy   family   loop   moderate   network   out-and-back   paved   short   views  

Garden of the Gods 4.75 out of 5 based on 8 ratings. 8 user reviews.

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