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Garden of the Gods Tours

Garden of the Gods
An urban park and designated national landmark in Colorado Springs, the Garden of the Gods encompasses 1,367 acres of unique wilderness, Great Plains grassland, and juniper woodlands. The most iconic section of the park features a towering ridge of eroded red rock formations that reveal 300 million years of geological history, while the famous red rock formations include Balanced Rock, Gateway Rock and the Three Graces. Among the crags and overhangs, visitors can spot petroglyphs from the Native American Ute tribe that once roamed these lands.

The Basics
With such close proximity to Colorado Springs, the Garden of the Gods is one of the most convenient and spectacular spots to enjoy Colorado’s red rock country (and admission is free). It’s also one of the most popular parks in the United States. Options for touring are plentiful—everything from Segway, Jeep, walking, and photo tours to a half-day of guided climbing on the red rocks. Travelers can also combine their visit with a stop at nearby Pikes Peak or a Jeep tour of the Red Canyon Loop.
  • This city park is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts and photographers.
  • Dogs are welcome on a six-foot leash; cleanup bags are available at the visitor center.
  • The 1.5-mile Perkins Central Garden Trail is both wheelchair and stroller accessible.
  • The Garden of the Gods offers little shade—bring sunblock, a hat, and water, especially in summer.
  • The park offers several picnic areas, as well as a café.

How to Get to the Garden of the Gods
The easiest way to visit the Garden of the Gods park is by car from Colorado Springs; the parking areas have more than 330 spaces, though they can fill up in summer. Note that many guided Garden of the Gods tours do not include roundtrip transportation from Colorado Springs, so you may have to arrange your own transportation (although tours from Denver and Cañon City generally do include transport). The charming small town of Manitou Springs is also nearby.

When to Get There
The Garden of the Gods is open and accessible year round, but the best time to visit is during the shoulder season—from September to April—when weather is cooler, parking is easier to find, and crowds are sparser. Arriving in the early morning or late afternoon means more shade on the trails and the chance to watch a spectacular sunrise or sunset.

How Did the Garden of the Gods Form?
The Garden of the Gods Visitor Center doubles as a natural and cultural history museum where visitors can learn about the geology, wildlife, people, and history of the park through a series of interactive exhibits. A highlight is the Geo-Trekker Theater, where a 15-minute video digs into the park’s history while offering amazing views from an aerial drone.
Address: 1805 N. 30th St., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904, USA
Hours: May–Oct 5am–11pm; Nov–April 5am–9pm
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Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver

Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver

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Head south from Denver on a small group tour to two of Colorado’s most majestic places. First, visit Garden of the Gods, a unique geological area with colossal red rock formations. Then take a drive up Pikes Peak, which inspired the song “America the Beautiful.” Have lunch and enjoy a bit of free time or shopping in the charming town of Manitou Springs, then take a scenic drive through the foothills back to Denver.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$129.00
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US$129.00
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Private Colorado Spirngs Tour: Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak

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Private Colorado Spirngs Tour: Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak

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Get a comprehensive tour of Colorado Springs combined with personalized attention on this day excursion. With round-trip private transportation included, you can enjoy the scenery and relax on the way there and back. Once in Colorado Springs, listen to commentary tailored to your interests as you visit the city highlights such as Pike's Peak, the Manitou Incline, the Garden of the Gods, and the Air Force Academy.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$254.36
US$317.95
US$63.59 savings
Price varies by group size
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US$254.36
US$317.95
US$63.59 savings
Price varies by group size

Private Pikes Peak Country Tour from Denver

Private Pikes Peak Country Tour from Denver

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Escape city life for the day and head south from Denver to explore the best of Colorado Springs on a private, customized tour. Wander among the enchanting sandstone formations known as the Garden of the Gods, browse shops in the artsy resort town of Manitou Springs, and drive to the summit of Pikes Peak — Colorado’s most famous ’14’er.’ It's a great way to get out of town without the hassle of renting a car.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$769.24
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Motorcycle Tour Through Rocky Mountains of Colorado, by Sig's Rides

Motorcycle Tour Through Rocky Mountains of Colorado, by Sig's Rides

A premium trip by Sig's Rides LLC. Small group sizes. Caring service for riders and passengers. Guided by true professionals with professional experience coaching riders worldwide. You're well-looked after. Routes are designed by Gerry Signorelli who is a passionate local. Perfect balance of riding and enjoying Colorado mountain lifestyle. Includes bikes, guides, support vehicle, accommodations, all meals, insurance, transportation, park fees. Private tours are available.
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  • 9 days
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US$7,250.00
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Private Garden Of The Gods Tour From Denver

Private Garden Of The Gods Tour From Denver

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Join us for a drive up one of the highest paved highways in the nation at "Pikes Peak" for stunning overlooks above 12,000ft in elevation. This famous mountain is the 2nd most visited mountain in the world, and along the way up, you will glimpse some of the most spectacular scenic views Colorado has to offer.  We will also travel to one of the most incredible geological phenomenons of the world-“Garden Of The Gods.” The towering, three hundred foot, orange sandstone formations will awe you; especially with the accompanying backdrop of the majestic 14,115ft Pikes Peak. This 1,367 acre park was voted best city park in the nation - and number 2 in the world.  Why Choose Us? -Hotel pick-up and drop-off any where in the Denver area -Private small groups can be a more personal experience -Private chauffeur that will accommodate reasonable special requests -Full-sized luxury 4x4 SUV  We are a veteran owned business which means we are professional and reliable
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$299.00
per group
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US$299.00
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Private Tour of Pikes Peak & Garden of the Gods from Denver

Private Tour of Pikes Peak & Garden of the Gods from Denver

The drive from Denver to Pikes Peak can take nearly 3 hours. Leave the navigating to your personal guide, and enjoy the ride as you head to this popular mountain. Head through alpine forests, past mountain peaks and reservoirs, and onto the trails. Get dramatic views of towering sandstone formations, snow-capped peaks, and blue skies.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$739.00
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US$739.00
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Garden of the Gods hours of operation?
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Garden of the Gods hours of operation: May–Oct 5am–11pm; Nov–April 5am–9pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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