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Garden of the Gods Recreation Area Hiking Trail


Garden of the Gods Hiking Trail interactive map North Gateway Rock Kissing Camels South Gateway Rock White Rock Sentinel Rock Sentinel Rock Tower of Babel Gray Rock Cathedral Spires Three Graces Pulpit Rock Sleeping Giant Keyhole Windo Scotsman siamese twins Balanced Rock Steamboat Rock Click herre for more information on the Chambers/Bretag/Palmer Trailhead Click herre for more information on the Siamese Twins Trailhead Click herre for more information on Scotsman / Buckskin Charlie Trails Click herre for more information on Perkin Central Garden Trail click here to go to map legend

Four main hiking trails provide access to Garden of the Gods. Siamese Twins, Scotsman/Buckskin Charlie, Perkins Central Garden and Chambers/Bretag/Palmer Trails bring visitors to the awe inspiring natural rock formations discovered by M.S. Beach and Rufus Cable. The park is free and open from 5 AM - 11 PM during the summer and 9 AM - 5 PM in the winter.

Perkins Central Garden Trail - Originates at the main parking lot and travels through the largest rock formations. The trail is paved with only a 30 foot vertical gain and accessible to all visitors.

Scotsman/Buckskin Charlie Trail - From the Scotsman Picnic Area the trail is a challenging 1 mile loop with excellent distant views of the Central Garden.

Siamese Twins Trail - Begins at the Spring Canyon Trailhead with 150 foot vertical gain. Provides access to the Siamese Twins Rock formation.

Chambers/Bretag/Palmer Trail - Travels nearly the entire distance of the Garden. A challenging 3 mile hike with access to many of the parks rock formations.

The Garden of the Gods Entrance sign in Colorado Springs
Garden of the Gods...Awe Inspiring Hikes
Balancing Rock in the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
Witness The Famous Balanced Rock


The following landmarks/formations are a guide to some of the sights while visiting Garden of the Gods Recreation Area (refer to map for location):

  1. North Gateway Rock
  2. Kissing Camels
  3. South Gateway Rock
  4. White Rock
  5. Sentinel Rock
  6. Tower of Babel
  7. Gray Rock
  8. Cathedral Spires
  9. Three Graces
  10. Pulpit Rock
  11. Sleeping Giant
  12. Keyhole Window
  13. Scotsman
  14. Siamese Twins
  15. Balanced Rock
  16. Steamboat Rock

There are many resources at the Visitor & Nature Center including the 12 minute movie, "How Did Those Red Rocks Get There?" explore the geologic history fo Garden of the Gods. If that's not enough, the park offers a 30 minute bus tour and hands on exhibits to better explain the parks existence.

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The largest gift shop, trading post and art gallery in Colorado is at the entrance to Garden of the Gods Park: jewelry, apparel, gifts, artwork, Peakview Wedding Center. Buffalo Burgers at Balanced Rock Cafe!
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