Garden of the Gods
Welcome to the Garden of the Gods, the absolutely breathtaking National Natural Landmark located in Colorado Springs.
The Garden of the Gods consists of 1335 acres of red sandstone formations, some 300' tall, all 300 million years old. These beauties with the snowy backdrop of Pikes Peak makes for the ultimate picture-perfect Colorado scenery!
While here your group can hit the hiking trails, take part in a step-on guided tour, adventure series program, a guided hike or the weekly 5K fun run, or attend a major annual event. Enjoy the 'most visited attraction in the region', the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center. Admission to the park and visitor center is free. Here you can pick up a free map and check out educational programs and interactive exhibits that cover the geology, flora and fauna, and people and history of the area. You can even watch the short film “How Did Those Red Rocks Get There?” in the new Geo-Trekker Theater. Proceeds from the Visitor and Nature Center support the Park through the Garden of the Gods Foundation.
Here is a fun explanation of how the area was named:
M. S. Beach, who related this incident, suggested that it would be a "capital place for a beer garden" when the country grew up. His companion, Rufus Cable, a "young and poetic man", exclaimed, "Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the Gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods." It has been so-called ever since. - Excerpt from the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center Interactive Exhibits
Next head outside and take part in a Front Range Climbing excursion, Jeep, Segway, 1909 Trolley, Electric Bike tour, or a Guided Hike! Delight in one of the most photographed landscapes in Colorado while enjoying an espresso, eating breakfast or lunch in Bean Sprouts Cafe or on the spectacular patio that overlooks the park. Visit the award-winning gift shop offering outdoor apparel, Native American pottery & jewelry, geology gifts, books, keepsakes, and local treasures.