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Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark

Colorado Springs

Southern Front Range, Colorado

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Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark

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  • Pathway heading in between North and South Gateway Rocks.- Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark
  • View of North Gateway Rock at Garden of the Gods.- Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark
  • View of North Gateway Rock at Garden of the Gods.- Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark
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  • Prickly Poppy (Argemone polyanthemos).- Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark
  • Rocky Mountain juniper (Juniperus scopulorum).- Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark
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  • Garden of the Gods.- Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark
  • Scrub oak (Quercus gambelii).- Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark
  • Garden of the Gods.- Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark
  • Climber at the top of North Gateway Rock, Garden of the Gods.- Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark
  • Garden of the Gods.- Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark
  • Catnip (Nepeta cataria) at Garden of the Gods.- Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark
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  • View from Garden of the Gods looking south toward Almagre Mountain (12,367 ft).- Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark
  • View from Garden of the Gods looking west toward Pikes Peak (14,110 ft).- Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark
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  • Spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis) at Garden of the Gods.- Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark
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  • Fairy trumpet (Ipomopsis aggregata).- Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark
  • Bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata).- Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Iconic geological features. Rock climbing. Desert landscape.
Cons: 
Extremely heavily used.
Region:
Southern Front Range, CO
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Picnic Tables: 
Yes
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
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Drizzle until afternoon, starting again in the evening.
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Light rain throughout the day.
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Light rain in the morning.
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Tue

Light rain starting in the evening.
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Wed

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The geological history of this National Natural Park is as rich and varied as an epic novel, and there is an ecological variety to match. Deeply rooted in Native American, western, and world history, this marvel naturally attracts large crowds–and for good reason. The boundless recreational opportunities with a breathtaking backdrop steeped in a rich history are well worth a day trip.

Amidst the 15 miles of trail found within the park, hiking, rock climbing, mountain and road biking are the activities of choice, and there is a paved 1.5-mile loop accessible by strollers and wheelchairs. A tangle of trails explore almost every nook of the park, and a map is available at the visitor center along with knowledgeable staff and much more information.

Mountain bikers frequent the 5-mile double track out-and-back trail in the park. Although it experiences only a 400-foot shift in elevation, it offers breathtaking views and is ideal for acclimation before treading further back and higher up into the Rockies.

Climbing on the sometimes-brittle sandstone is permitted, and acquiring a permit from the visitor center is free but required before tying in. Climbs vary from 40 to 400 feet in length and one to eight pitches, most of which are trad routes; however, there are some options for sport climbing on fixed gear. Note that only chalk matching the rust-red color of the rock is allowed and that bouldering is prohibited in some areas.

An estimated 65 million years ago (about 100 million years after dinosaurs meandered about the area), the old Pacific plate slammed into the North American plate, tipping the orange and rust colored rocks that were once behemoth sand dunes like the Great Sand Dunes found in southern Colorado. Adding to the magnificence of the scenery is its perch between the great plains and the foothills, reflecting the ecology of both zones.

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