Garden of the Gods Loop Trail

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Garden of the Gods Loop Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
416 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This loop trail takes you on a walk around the main section of the formations that constitute the Garden of the Gods as most people experience it. Three primary trails connect to form a 4 mile loop: The Palmer Trail begins on the north side of the main parking area, heading west and then south. After a little more than a mile, a short 400 yard trail branches off to the Siamese Twins formation. Returning to the main trail, you'll cross the road and cut through the main park area's southern section on the Buckskin Charlie Trail. When this reaches the other side of the paved road loop, you'll cross again, this time heading for the Ute Trail, which eventually runs north to join with the Susan Breitag trail, and on back to the start point. If this sounds confusing, don't worry. The large formations in the center of the park are visible from all parts of the trail. Just keep circling them.

hiking
13 days ago

Fairly easy trails to follow. Lots of options to make it a longer hike. We took our two small dogs and they had a great time. Trails weren't crowded, but we did see other people out hiking or trail running. Better earlier in the morning for dogs. Not too many places to refill water so plan accordingly especially if bringing your dog. We did see warning signs for rattlesnakes but didn't see any snakes. There is a nice picnic area and restrooms about halfway along the hike at Pullout 13, Scotsman Picnic Area.

walking
15 days ago

Awesome and stroller friendly!

hiking
16 days ago

Soooo beautiful! I had a great time.

23 days ago

Very easy hike. Not really for a workout, or you need to trail run it. We started out on this loop which takes you around the Garden of Gods, then halfway we cut through the inner circle which brings you closer to the rocks. Definitely worth creating your own paths of the different trails that take you around and through the Garden of Gods

walking
1 month ago

One of my favorite places to go and walk around.

1 month ago

My first Family hike when my son and myself moved out there! Uncle Matt took us and we kept coming back... deer, bunnie's, great history, instruction available for climbing the rocks, paved and off road paths, and kissing camels.. I loved it, and my 4 yr old Lars learned to like exercise and make friends here.. it's best description is heaven..

trail running
1 month ago

Trail in a beautiful setting. There is a whole network of trails so it is almost impossible to follow the trail marked out here. someone mentioned that it was mostly paved. There are some paved trails here but this loop is all crushed gravel material (natural to the area). Doing the trail in the evening is beautiful because part of the rock formations are hit by the sun while the lower parts are not creating some stunning contrasts. There are several parking areas along the road loop which means you can pick up the trail at different points. This loop is actually a combination of several trails with different names. I found it helpful to take a picture of the map on the sign at the park and have it on my phone to help me navigate the system by the trails' different names.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing walk with access to gardens and some great views of entire area!

hiking
1 month ago

My mom and I hiked this loop today in about 2 hours and 40 minutes comfortably with some stops and for pictures and water along the way. It was a great walk with wonderful views every step of the way!

hiking
2 months ago

Good trail with great views from all directions of the Garden’s rock formations. There are lots of other trails that cross this one, so having this app was very helpful in keeping us on track.

2 months ago

Gorgeous!

2 months ago

I walk this trail all the time . It is a easy walk , very beautiful take your camera . You never know what you will see there ,bear ,deer ect . . The veiws are worth the trip

hiking
2 months ago

Smaller and much more crowded than expected. All trails are paved unless you want to climb on the rocks.

walking
3 months ago

Pretty low traffic on this trail. It ended up being about 4.5 miles. Some areas of the trail are poorly maintained. You will follow several trails so be sure to have some sort of map. There are lots of angles of the Garden of the Gods to take pictures or just observe. Overall it was a decent trail but I prefer a bit more of a challenge.

hiking
3 months ago

Very good for families with young kids. Parking can be brutal but you’ll find a spot

trail running
3 months ago

Absolutely stunning. This is definitely the best trail I’ve seen in America so far. This is good for any skill level hiker, and even children.

walking
3 months ago

The views are beautiful and simply breathtaking! The trail is more of a walk and it’s super easy. You will be stopping a lot to take pictures. Take water -it was very hot when we went and I was badly sunburned. Downside there was a TON of people. More then I was expecting. Paths are narrow, so expect to be close to people and stopping a lot. Parking was packed and we waited in a very long line. We had dogs with and so did everyone else. Expect a lot of dogs if your taking your furry babies. Worth the views though!

hiking
3 months ago

Great Views, great place, but parking is a problem at times.

hiking
3 months ago

Alot of places to hike, really easy, but always bring water.

3 months ago

Gorgeous! Easy walking trails with stunning views!

4 months ago

Nice easy trail. The area is beautiful. We even got to enjoy some light rock climbing.

hiking
4 months ago

The weather was perfect but the Park was really crowded.

hiking
4 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.

5 months ago

just getting into fitness and hiking and this is an amazing trail.

WARNING LOTS AND LOTS OF STAIRS

5 months ago

Absolutely amazing! So didn’t wanna come home! A must see. :)

5 months ago

It’s cool to be near the main rocks, but this trail is very crowded. Try another trail to get more solitude.

hiking
6 months ago

This is always our first stop when we are in town. Great easy hike.

walking
8 months ago

Worth the visit but not exactly wilderness. Very crowded and noisy. Not a place to escape.

8 months ago

Easy and senic

8 months ago

Beautiful but populated.

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