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Garden of the Gods Loop Trail

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Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods Loop Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily 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

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

partially paved

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
1 day ago

Great hike but just so crowded

hiking
1 day ago

It’s beautiful, must see it. West side trails you can view more then East side.

hiking
6 days ago

More walking not much of a “hike” for more hiking i highly recommend hanging lake but garden of the gods was such a beautiful experience! Dog friendly!

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful stroll to appreciate nature.

hiking
12 days ago

Dry and hot but some cool areas by the rocks. Especially liked the Siamese twins- fun place for pictures.

hiking
14 days ago

Trail map is not accurate at all. So many trails in the park are no longer available/closed and inaccurate. Easy to get off course.

hiking
22 days ago

We mix together several trails for this hike. Fairly easy with great views.

hiking
27 days ago

I didn’t quite finish, but I really enjoyed this hike. It has really great views.

hiking
1 month ago

We did this hike in July 2019 (updating my completed list) The Park was super clean, and it was nice to get a little bit of a hike in before going into the main, more crowded part of the garden. Super hot when we were there, so wear a hat and sunscreen! We also saw a deer about 5 feet from us, so that was neat.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy! Busy!

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite places to go in the springs. Great place to go for a walk to just get out without having to drive too far.

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent views and easy 5-10 minute walk to empty trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trails

hiking
2 months ago

First hike w my pup so stayed close to as easy as possible. Love this place.

running
icy
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Muddy but incredible day... someone and snow .. just an amazing hike

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Super super muddy. But overall fun.

hiking
icy
muddy
3 months ago

One of my favorite places to visit, super easy trails and beautiful views. Can get a little crowded, parking can also be an issue, would still highly recommend!!

hiking
3 months ago

Very popular trail, lots of people the parking is a little hard to find on Saturdays. Wonderful place to visit around sunset because the rock formations glow orange.

hiking
3 months ago

Great variety of views. Popular, but not as packed as the central trails. Traction not necessary.

hiking
3 months ago

I walked the standard trail since I had limited time. Lots of people. My guess is if you go off the beaten path on less traveled trails for a good 90 minute hike, it’s a great experience. Visitor center people are EXTREMELY helpful & nice.

hiking
icy
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Family-friendly. Good for strollers. Tons of people there mid-day, even in the off-season.

hiking
icy
4 months ago

Sunrise hike. Pretty beautiful. Some small icy patches. Had trail all to ourselves.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy stroll which allows you to view the area with all its glory.

hiking
4 months ago

Another great trail for an easy stroll or to take out of towners

hiking
off trail
4 months ago

We didn’t really do the traditional trail. We mostly went off trail but it was awesome! Lots of climbing.

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