A registered Natural National Landmark in Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods is an awe inspiring natural wonder of red sandstone for walkers and climbers alike that groups coming to the area will thoroughly enjoy. It is said that two surveyors in the mid 1800s found it a fit place for ‘the Gods to assemble’ and so it was named. Later purchased by the Perkins family for a summer home and then donated to the city, it was decided that it would be known forever as the Garden of the Gods “where it shall remain free to the public, where no intoxicating liquors shall be manufactured, sold, or dispensed, where no building or structure shall be erected except those necessary to properly care for, protect, and maintain the area as a public park.” Visiting here as a group during a meeting or used as a backdrop for a wedding or reception, the Garden of the Gods provide a dramatic view for business or leisure groups visiting Colorado Springs.
The unique ecotone – where a number of ecosystems meet – has a variety of plants and wildlife. Explore the area on the 15 miles of trails, free maps available at the Visitors Center, which features an upper terrace with a spectacular view of Pikes Peak. Two picnic areas are available for casual dining, as well food is available at the cafe at the Visitor and Nature Center.
Once a tribal meeting ground for the Ute Indians, Garden of the Gods is now a meeting place for community members and touring visitors. The central garden is the main area for rock climbing, and the Park is in fact the most popular place for the sport in the entire state. Proper climbing equipment and registration is required. Visitors can also mountain bike the designated trails as well as road cycle in the paved bike lanes. You can even take a guided horseback ride through the rock formations with Academy Riding Stables.
The Park is open everyday 5am – 9pm through the spring and until 11pm in the summer and fall.