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Garden of the Gods free

1805 North 30th Street | Colorado Springs, CO 80904-1247 | Official website
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  • Type: Hiking, Natural Wonders
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.7)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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It's easy to see how this natural landmark earned such an ethereal title: These magnificent red rock formations look as though deities themselves could've carved them. However, the sandstone pillars are, in fact, the work of geological activity along a natural fault line, as well as rainfall over millennia. You can learn about the garden's formations at the Visitor and Nature Center, which houses numerous informative displays and hosts daily nature presentations. You are welcome to explore the park on your own time (either on foot or by bike); the Visitor and Nature Center also offers guided van and Jeep tours for $10 per person. Or, if you're looking for a more authentic "Wild West" experience, you can reserve your spot on a guided horseback tour offered by the Academy Riding Stables.

Because there is no admission fee if you are exploring the Garden of the Gods on your own, previous visitors recommend returning to the park throughout your time in Colorado Springs to see the rocks at different times of day. "Pictures and video do not do justice to the beauty of this place," said one TripAdvisor user. "Try driving through it during the day, then come back just before sunset. I think we went through at least three times."

The Garden of the Gods is located about 6 miles northwest of central Colorado Springs; the park is open every day between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. from May through October, and from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. November through April. The Visitor and Nature Center opens its doors from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the winter months. Like the park, the Visitor and Nature Center is free to visit. For more information, check out the Garden of the Gods website.

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