What to Know Before Visiting Gardens of the Gods Park

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Garden of the Gods is a national landmark located in Colorado Springs. It is a public park that is open every day of the year for guests to enjoy. This place is a must see place when visiting Colorado Springs and the best part is that it is free to visit.

Colorado Springs is only about an hour drive from Denver. There are lots of things to do in the Springs so I would suggest spending a few days here if you are visiting Colorado. Garden of the Gods park should be on your list of things to do when visiting this beautiful city.

There are a few things that are important to know before you go. This post will go into all the details that you need to know to plan your perfect day to the Garden of the Gods park.

Before You Go:

There are few important things to know before visiting Garden of the Gods park. The tips below will help you plan your best day at the park.

1. Make sure to arrive early when visiting during the weekends or summer months. These times tend to attract the most visitors so arriving early can help you avoid the crowds. The park opens most days around 5:00/6:00am so you can go as early as you want. 

2. The Visitor’s Center is located outside of the park. If you want to visit, make sure to stop there before you enter the park. This is a great place to pick up a map of the park and all the trails within the park. 

3. If you plan on climbing in the park, make sure you stop in the visitor’s center to fill out a wavier before starting. Also, do not attempt to go climbing unless you are an experienced climber. 

4. The main walkways throughout the park are paved which makes this place wheelchair and stroller friendly. It is the perfect place for families to explore and the main trails are very kid friendly. 

5. There are two entrances into the park. The first is the main entrance which is located off of Garden of the Gods Road. This is where the visitor’s center is located and where the main trails of the park are located. The other entrance is located closer to Manitou Springs. 


At The Park:

Garden of the Gods Park is not a huge park but a car is necessary if you want to see all the different areas in the park. The main area is a short drive from the entrance but there are lots of other things to see throughout the park. Here are a few things to help you when navigating the park:

1. The first thing to know is that the main parking lot is the best place to park when visiting the park. You can easily access the main walking paths from here and it is also the closest lot to the main walkways. This parking lot does fill up quickly so it is important to arrive early in the day to secure a spot.

2. The main walking trails are the highlight of the park. This area is where all the beautiful rock formations are located and I personally think this is the best area of the park.

3. There are lots of dirt trails throughout the park. These trails are great for getting off the beaten path and away from the crowds. Some of these trails have great view points of Garden of the Gods park and Pikes Peak. You can grab a map of all the trails in the park from the Visitor’s Center before you enter the park.

4. Don’t miss out on visiting Balanced Rock. This cool rock formation is not located in the main area of the park so you will have to drive and find parking closer to Balanced Rock. There is some parking right next to Balanced Rock or you can find some parking at the Trading Post and walk from there.

5. If you are traveling with small children, the main walking trails will be perfect for you. All the paths are paved and you can easily bring strollers on them.

6. Make sure to always stay on the designated paths. There is some wildlife in the park and you want to be sure to give them plenty of space. Also, make sure to watch for ratttlesnakes in the summer months. They love to sun bathe on the trails so just be aware of your surroundings.


What to Bring to the Park:

These are a few items to consider bringing with you when you are visiting Garden of the Gods park:

1. Water- It gets very hot in Colorado during the summer and there are not many places to fill up your water bottles while walking around. 

2. Good shoes- As mentioned above, there are lots of trails and some of them are uneven so good hiking shoes are a must. 

3. Camera- There are so many amazing things to take pictures of at Garden of the Gods that you will want to bring a good camera or phone to capture all the moments.

4. Sunscreen- If you are visiting from lower altitude, you will soon discover that it is much easier to get sunburn at higher altitude. The sun is very intense in Colorado so I always recommend suncreen when exploring outdoors. 

5. Hats- On a simliar note with the sunscreen, hats are very helpful in Colorado. We recieve 300 days of sunshine a year so hats will also help with sun protection.

6. Snacks- If visiting with children, this is a no brainer. There are not any places to buy food inside the park so snacks are always recommended when visiting. 




Garden of the Gods is a must visit destination when in Colorado Springs. It is a great place to walk around and the views are amazing. If you are visiting Colorado Springs soon, be sure to add Garden of the Gods to your list of places to visit. 

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