Explore the most popular horseback riding trails in Garden of the Gods with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Not crowded at all. Awesome views and an easy hike

And easy, touristy place to take out-of- town family. The formations always make for fun pictures

Beautiful views of the formations. Early morning or weekdays are the best way to avoid heavy traffic.

Beautiful views and rock formations. This was our first time in this area of Colorado. We were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and visited here twice in 3 days. We walked/hiked the first time. It was easy and a nice opportunity to get acclimated to the higher elevation. Second time we drove around. Great view of Pike’s Peak can be found at the parking lot near Ridge Road.

Beautiful picturesque with great photos ops! Fairly easy - mostly paved. Get there early to beat the heat and crowds

Great trail! It’s away from most of the touristy spots, I only met one other set of hikers this morning. Exactly what I needed as a person from Illinois trying to start out with an easy trail to get acclimated to this altitude, while still getting out in nature alone!

Great little trail with one great view after the other.

Not a very difficult hike. Park is pretty crowded and this trail is a nice break from the people.

As far as hikes go, this was super easy and about a quarter of it was on paved walkways. Good leisurely walk to get lots of great photos of the amazing rock formations. I recommend getting there early and heading clockwise to get you through the heavily trafficked areas first before the crowds show up. The latter 3/4 of the route is all easy trail with much less traffic.

Super short trail with amazing views

It was more walk than a hike. We were stopping and taking photos so frequently. And it was pretty hot as well.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views and rock formations. Kids loved climbing around.

North (main) lot to Trading post stitching parts of different loops together. Had to hustle back with an almost dead phone so used some road too. Very touristy. May be less busy other times of the week. I was there on a Friday afternoon. Starting at 5 stars I'll minus 1/2 star each for traffic and amount of people rating it a 4 star overall.

Visited back in early December. Busy area and more of a walk then a hike but it is truly stunning. Quite a busy area so best to get there early.

Absolutely breath taking.

I started from the north parking lot and went through the inside/middle area to get some quick shots of the formations, then went to the outside trail (non-paved one) to complete the loop. I included the Rocks and Vistas Garden Loop + Garden of the Gods Loop + Siamese Twins Loop within my hike. There wasn't many people on a Tuesday morning due to the high winds and snow so it was fairly empty. A great trail overall but definitely more of a touristy/nature style walk/hike instead of an actual hike. Also, on the outer loop where horses are used there is a lot of poop on the trails.

hiking
2 months ago

I started from the north parking lot and went through the inside/middle area to get some quick shots of the formations, then went to the outside trail (non-paved one) to complete the loop. I included the Rocks and Vistas Garden Loop + Garden of the Gods Loop + Siamese Twins Loop within my hike. There wasn't many people on a Tuesday morning due to the high winds and snow so it was fairly empty. A great trail overall but definitely more of a touristy/nature style walk/hike instead of an actual hike. Also, on the outer loop where horses are used there is a lot of poop on the trails.

I started from the north parking lot and went through the inside/middle area to get some quick shots of the formations, then went to the outside trail (non-paved one) to complete the loop. I included the Rocks and Vistas Garden Loop + Garden of the Gods Loop + Siamese Twins Loop within my hike. There wasn't many people on a Tuesday morning due to the high winds and snow so it was fairly empty. A great trail overall but definitely more of a touristy/nature style walk/hike instead of an actual hike. Also, on the outer loop where horses are used there is a lot of poop on the trails.

Hardly a hike but of course beautiful. Crowded due to tourism but what can you do, it’s quite the sight to see.

Easy trail if you stick to the formation area; it’s all paved. Going to the actual trail is a little more like a real hike instead of a stroll. Trail is still very easy, even if you do the four mile loop. More of a nature walk than a hike; if you are looking for a hike or something remotely challenging look elsewhere. Views are beautiful though!

I would give it 5 stars for the views, however, have to take one back for being crowded and at parts, too "touristy", which is a good thing if you are a tourist, I suppose

Nice, fun loop. You can really make it your own as it has alot of other trails surrounding it. We didn't do the whole loop this time as the parking lots near it were at capacity so we ended up on the other side of the park. We did this trail on a Sunday morning, alot of people and cars if possible go on a weekday.

Very pretty! Easy. Enjoyed getting a photo of Pikes Peak through the window between the twins!

Super pretty!!! It’s really fun to hike around or drive around. Lots of different trails with views of rocks and mountains.

Good for family. There is a little area kids can play on the rocks. Great for some family photos to.

Easy hike, moderate crowd, very well marked trails and easy to follow maps. Beautiful scenery!

Very easy pretty loop

hiking
3 months ago

good easy quick loop

3 months ago

Lovely at sunrise!

Very easy hike with some cool rock formations that provide great picture opportunities. Completed with a 1.5 yr old and 4 yr old without difficulty.

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