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.

backpacking
13 days ago

One of my favorites! I'm new to Colorado so this was one of my first trails. This is a must if you've never been. So many great spots for pictures. The trail was pretty easy.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy walk with great views.

2 months ago

Easy walk. Very nice scenery. Great family stroll if you're not looking for anything demanding.

hiking
2 months ago

The views on this loop are spectacular. That said, I did not really enjoy my hike because it was so heavily crowded. The paved trail was cluttered with stroller traffic and the non paved places in the rocks were full enough that you had to weave through people. It was very difficult even finding parking because the main lot was full. (This was on a Monday around 2-3pm.) To me this is great for tourists- you can get some spectacular photos- but it wasn’t the nature escape I personally hoped for.

2 months ago

Loved every minute of it! We went close to sunset!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike and family friendly. Lots of mule deer unfortunately I didn't see any big horn sheep. Take water and snacks. Perfect for early morning trail run or sunset stroll.

2 months ago

good, beautiful and peaceful

hiking
2 months ago

Very pretty but not challenging. Cool to see mountain climbers too.

hiking
3 months ago

Heavy traffic, but the scenery was worth every second of the crowds.

3 months ago

Enjoyed the hiking good for starters. Excellent views!

3 months ago

Easy but breath taking vistas

3 months ago

Heavily trafficked. More of a walk and goes by fast but a must see for everyone.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hiking beautiful views . Horseback riding was also beautiful and relaxing

3 months ago

Beautiful, but way too commercial and trafficked. Still, this is a unique area you do not want to miss.

3 months ago

This isn't a hike. It's all paved which is why it's not 5 stars. The park is still really pretty though

4 months ago

Easy trail to walk. Accessible for all ages. Great for kids who like bouldering.

walking
4 months ago

Beautiful, popular, historic trail of Co Springs. Cement walk ways handicap accessible. Views of Pike Peak and the mystic Garden of the Gods rock formations. A draw to the area!

Nice easy climb, beautiful view. Can survive without bringing water.

4 months ago

What an incredible place.

walking
4 months ago

Beautiful but a bit too "cleaned up" for me. Hiking parallel to the road never does it for me. But remarkable views- very easy & accessible

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