Garden of the Gods
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What To Do
Admission (All Ages) Free
Rock Climbing Free (Register before you go.)
Museum Exhibits Free
Trolley Tour $17
Jeep Tour $30-$50 depending on length
Segway Tour $82-$110 depending on length
Junior Ranger Booklet $2
I'm just going to start with the best thing about Garden of the Gods...it's free. It has been, is, and forever will be free. The guy that used to own the land gave it to his children who gave it to the state of Colorado under the premise that it always be free for visitors as per their father's wishes. In a land where everyone is trying to nickel and dime you, it's nice that we can still enjoy the view of giant rocks for free.
So what is Garden of the Gods, you may ask? It's a lot of big, cool-looking rocks! Though essentially merely a nature center, it is unlike any nature center I have had the pleasure of visiting. Kind of puts the one next to my house to shame. Picture dozens of divinely-sculpted sandstones reaching into the sky because that is what you will see. Plus, the surrounding bright green forests and clear blue skies really emphasize the orange hue of these beasts. Garden of the Gods is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Literally one of the most beautiful places on earth. The weather is constantly amazing and the nature is awe-inspiring. (If you happen to be one of those "look at the wonder of nature" type of people.)
So, Garden of the Gods was just a stop along the way for us, which is fine. You don't have to invest a large amount of time at the park. You can if you want, they have plenty to do, but you don't have to. We were on a road trip and thus did the quick tourist stop run through, but if you aren't, I highly suggest you check out the website before you head to Garden of the Gods. They have a lot more to offer than just giant rocks.
Their visitor center houses a museum and they offer tours. They also allow rock climbing if you register ahead of time. They have fun runs every Thursday. Plus, best of all, they have an area designed specifically for kids, but I will let you discover that on your own.
Most of the large formations are barricaded by a fence, so you can look, but no touching. They do have some smaller rocks, such as those seen in the included pictures, that are not barricaded so the kids can climb and burn some energy if this is just a stop for your family as well.
So, what are you waiting for? Love nature? Want something free to do? Grab your kids, get outside, and explore LIFE! (Or at least some big rocks.)