The Garden of the Gods, a 1,335-acre Colorado Springs park, casts a spell on every visitor with its stunning beauty, soaring sandstone formations, and spectacular views of Pikes Peak. The Garden of the Gods Scenic Drive travels 5.6 miles on several park roads, with a loop around the central Garden zone and spurs out to Ridge Road and Balanced Rock. Parking lots scatter along the roads, allowing access to hiking trails, picnic areas, and overlooks. Points of interest along the scenic drive include North and South Gateway Rocks, Gray Rock, Montezuma Tower, Scotsman Picnic Area, High Point, Siamese Twins, Steamboat Rock, and Balanced Rock. Hikers can enjoy over 15 miles of trails that thread among formations, while road bikers pedal along the scenic drive and mountain bikers follow trails in the park’s southeast corner. Garden of the Gods Park, a National Natural Landmark, was donated to the City of Colorado Springs in 1909 by the children of railroadman Charles Elliot Perkins with his wish that it always be free and open to the public.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green