Aug 01

Garden of the Gods: Colorado Springs

Lone FlowerThe Garden of the Gods is a wonderful public park located in Colorado Springs.  It is a great place to take a stroll, run, bike, or mountain climb and just take in the beautiful scenery that is all around you.  If you are in the Colorado Springs area it should be one of your first destinations.  It is free and just a great place to stretch the legs and get some good old fashioned exercise in. It is a great stop in Colorado.
Garden of the Gods Paths

Karen and I could see why so many people go there to jog or ride their bikes.  If we lived in the Colorado Springs area I know alot of my jogging would take place there.  The park has both paved and fine graded rocky trails for public use.  We could tell that the Garden of the Gods was very well maintained by the people who work there.  While there are lots of people there doing all sorts of different things the park never felt crowded.
A view from the trail

To truly enjoy the park you must get out of your car.  The auto-tour around the park is nice, but the trails are even nicer.  Getting out of your car gives you a chance to see the many number of species that live in and around the park.  Karen and I saw lots of mule deer, chipmunks, and we think a big horn sheep but it was off in the distance and we did not get a good look at it.  The same day we thought we saw the big horn sheep we stopped by the visitor center where they have a white board where people can list what they have seen in the park and big horn sheep was listed so who knows.  Additionally, watching the rock climbers do their thing is very entertaining.
Mule Deer

If you are into seeing the park in its best light you need to go at least twice, once in the morning and then see it again closer to dusk.  The front of the park, or the part that is seen from the visitor center, is lit up beautifully in the morning, and the back side of the park comes alive in the late afternoon light.  If you are there just to enjoy the park then there really is not a bad time to go just bring lots of water, some comfortable shoes, and have a great time.
Cathedral Valley

Karen and I highly recommend going to the Garden of the Gods.  It was probably the best thing to see and do in the Colorado Springs area.  I guess we would describe it at as the little brother to some of the national parks in Utah.  It’s not as big, nor does it have as big of a wow factor, but being free in an area where all the other attractions seem overpriced makes it a do not miss.  Now, pack your bags and get going!
Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods
Located at 1805 N. 39th Colorado Springs
Park Hours – May through October 5 am to 11 pm and November through April 5 am to 9 pm.
The Visitor and Nature Center is open from 8 am to 8 pm from Memorial Day through Labor Day and the rest of the year it is open from 9 to 5.
The park is free.
For more information visit their website at http://www.gardenofgods.com/
Path to the Gods

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  1. freda phillips

    Very pretty. The last time I was there we were with a group of highschool students on a tour bus. I guess the driver knew what he was doing, but I think we went in the back way. It was between to very large bolders that were on a slant. We had about 2 inches of clearance on each side of the bus. It was very memorable.

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