Explore the Mighty Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
Garden of the Gods is a must-visit on any trip to the Colorado Springs area. This completely free 1300-acre city park is a National Natural Landmark that lets you wander among millions-of-years-old red rock formations that jut strikingly out of the ground contrasting the high-altitude bright blue Colorado sky.
The formations are named for what they resemble and include the "Kissing Camels" (perfect for a couples' Instagram!) and "Sleeping Giant." Kids will love trying to match each formation with their name.
There are 15 miles of trails within the park that wind in and around the formations. You can choose to hike, bike, take a Segway or jeep tour, or even horseback ride along the trails. Enjoy watching rock climbers tackle these monoliths and let the kids try their hand at "scrambling" over some of the smaller rocks.
Garden of the Gods is close to Pikes Peak, another critical stop on a Colorado Springs visit, as well as the quirky town of Manitou Springs, which has plenty of dining, shopping and interesting art galleries.