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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.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 416 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Partially paved

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Waypoints (4)
Tips

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.

Directions: Exit I-25 at Garden of the Gods exit. Drive east to the end of the road where it "T's" into 31st St. Turn left (south) and drive to the Garden of the God's entrance sign. Turn right. Once inside the park, you'll have to turn right onto the tourist loop road. The first parking area you find on your left is the main one for the park. There are restrooms and water at this location. Tips: 1. Watch for traffic as you cross the roads. The drivers are tourists intent on seeing the sights in the garden, not watching for hikers. 2. This is a dry hike most of the time. Take water. However, if there's been rain, parts of the trail can be muddy. 3. Dogs are welcome on a leash.

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Reviews (736)
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Recordings (502)
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Kristina Pranno
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beautiful !!

Jim Low
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Fascinating huge rock formations, but overall less to it than we were anticipating. Family friendly with a few route options, some shorter and some longer. Mostly paved. We recommend the full 4-mile loop which provides good views from a distance and up close. It was very crowded and very warm on June 30.

Fabien Munoz
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Ruben Nieves
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Hiking

Pretty busy during lunch time. I plan to go back earlier in the day next time to escape the crowds.

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Whitney Adams
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Hiking

Forgot to stop recording but this trail definitely allows you to opt out of too many crowds and tourists!

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Jen O
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Excellent trail! Beautiful rocks. Trailhead is a good bit away from the visitor center parking. Near the end the map directs you to a trail that isn’t marked well. Some decently shaded areas but mostly unshaded. A few very cool rocks to take pictures next to. Guide said 3.7 miles, but with the parking lot and a time or two off the trail, we wound up hiking over 5 miles, making this a bit harder/ more like a moderate level. Good for kids and dogs.

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Todd Dunderdale
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Hiking

Very crowded, hard to park if you get there by mid morning. Nice views but prefer more secluded trail. Also to many trails so you really need to follow the app if you want to stay on your route.

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Xylina Brooke
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Walking

Hot trail beautiful views

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steve winters
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Hiking

Was a great trail, all paved easy for my gf who has asthma. Hot. Not a lot of shade. Definitely go again!

Danielle St. Onge
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Hiking

Obviously, it’s extremely busy so get there at 9 (when the visitor center opens) or earlier

Hannah Forsythe
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So I’ve spent the last week at the Rocky Mountain national Park and decided to take a day trip to Manitou Springs to hike pikes Peak and I would say that was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time. This was by far the best hike I think I’ve ever done. I really enjoyed it! I’m a solo hiker and I started around 5:30 in the morning. A lot of people said that the first 3 miles were the hardest but it wasn’t too bad honestly. I would like to say that I didn’t think that the incline was too intense at any point of climbing pikes. I will say that once I got a couple miles from the top it was a little bit more challenging just because of the altitude but make sure to do deep breathing exercises take your time and I had no issues at all. I will say the construction at the very top with a little frustrating just because they require you to take a mile detour down to the road and then finish hiking your way back up on the road. I did convince the construction workers to let me walk past towards the right though and it brought me right to the summit house. Also after this trail you have to try their donuts as a reward for getting your butt all the way to the top of the mountain! Do this trail! I did read that this trail has the potential to be slightly miserable if the weather isn’t nice and I really lucked out because it was chilly, not too hot, not too windy and no storms.

Mark Federschmidt
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Hiking

Really nice and easy hike. Great acclimation check for someone like me who just flew in today from Florida.

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Amy Noftz
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Sarah Null
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Hiking

Did the upper half of the loop. A lot of this trail is out in the sun, so be sure to bring plenty of water and sunblock/hat. It’s a beautiful trail and very easy to walk/hike.

Rachel Harmon
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I thought for sure that after a half dozen visits to Garden of the Gods this wouldn’t feel like anything special, but it was a really beautiful hike without the crowds of the inner park. Definitely longer than 3.7 mi, though - more like 4.2. And, as a bonus, we saw both a bear and a deer with fawns!

Mari Faith
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Hiking

Beautiful day for a hike. The views are spectacular. We took the inner loop going north and while the general traffic was heavy on the other side, this side was full of blooming cactus and peaceful.

Emily R.
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Ran this tonight around sunset! Absolutely beautiful and not crowded at all!!

Aimee Bovee
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Hiking

Easy hike, but breathtaking formations. I have been several times, but enjoy watching wildlife and scenery. I beg of the park, please keep climbing permits to a minimum, it’s the nature that we should appreciate here.

Sissy Lott
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Its beautiful! Great excersice and the views are God's picture for us. I could not help to admire His beauty and creation for us to enjoy. Love this place and not to terribly difficult.

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Jordy Wasser
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Tourist trap but still beautiful

Sean Brennan
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Great but crowded

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Mally LaBoy
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Nice and easy breezy I only did half of the trail due to lightening but nice to see all the rock climbers doing what they do kudos to them because I couldn't do that it's too scary for my liking.

Cynthia Addington
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Fantastic views, easy hiking, and beautifully maintained park. Highly recommend if you are not concerned about social distancing and masks. It was crowded and only saw 4 masks total, not including mine. Impossible to socially distance because people simply did not make an effort. Will definitely return to this magnificent park when properly vaccinated.

Alex Carsonie
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The trailhead/beginning of the hike can be crowded, but once you get out on the surrounding trails it gets better. A good, relaxing hike.

Matt Hale
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Hiking

Great hike but just so crowded

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

Bri Bri
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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!

V J-P
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Beautiful stroll to appreciate nature.

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

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