Mountain biking is allowed on designated mountain biking trails in the Garden of the Gods Park. Remember, you will be sharing these trails with equestrian users and hikers. In addition, all one-way roads in the Park have paved biked lanes.
Mountain Biking Regulations:
Biking Trail Map PDF
- Stay on the trail when riding or walking your bike
yield. Let others know of your presence well in advance. Dismount and
move to the side when a horse is approaching. Be cautious, and dismount
to walk your bike around blind corners or in areas with poor visibility.
- Control your speed. Prevent accidents to other trail users and to yourself by riding cautiously and under control.
- Leave no trace. No shortcuts or cross-country riding. Avoid riding during or
after rain or snow storms. Pack out more than you pack in.
- Be alert for wildlife. Give them a chance to move away from the trail. It's their park, too!
Starlight Spectacular in the Garden of the Gods Park is a nighttime
recreational bike ride benefiting the Trails and Open Space Coalition
of Colorado Springs. It is the first event of Ridefinders Bike Week
|Rock climbing at the Garden of the Gods has a
long and rich history. Climbers should respect the style in which
routes were originally done and protected.
Climbers are required to register at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center.
Registration is free and is effective for the calendar year. Climbing
guides are available for purchase at the Visitor Center. The rules for
climbing at the Garden are available HERE
and at the Visitor Center.
The rules are typical except it’s important
to note that chalk is not allowed. An artificial `chalk’ ball is
available for purchase at the kiosk where you register.
Climbers should note that climbing at Garden of the Gods is on sandstone - which means that handholds may break, loose rocks may be present, and protection may be sparse and not secure. Also, climbers should refrain from climbing routes soon after rainstorms have caused the rock to become water soaked; in this case, rock can be damaged and safety is compromised due to an enhanced risk of holds breaking. Finally, be aware that sandstone typically does not provide many opportunities for natural protection, so many routes are “sport” routes, protected only with bolts. Others use mixed bolt and natural (cams and nuts) protection. Guidebooks provide some detail by route on this situation. If there are loose or otherwise dangerous bolts or rappel anchors, and you know how to replace them in sandstone, please do so. If you prefer, contact the Visitor Center with the information on the bolt situation.
The Garden has a specific definition of “scrambling” in an attempt to discourage visitors from getting in trouble climbing up the rock formations. “Scrambling” is defined as climbing higher than 10 feet on the rock formations without being a registered climber with proper climbing equipment. Climbers can aid in preventing tourist accidents and rescues by prominently displaying their climbing gear when approaching climbs (for instance, up the Tourist Gully)
Garden of the Gods tries to carefully protect both flora and fauna in the park, so please check at the Visitor Center for rock face closures for raptor nesting and use established access trails to get from the main trails to the rock faces.
Free full-color trail maps are available at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center information desk. Pick one up and explore the park on your own or take one of the guided walks in the Central Garden area.
For active folks who love hiking, there are 15 miles of trails to explore in the Garden of the Gods.
Start at the main parking lot for the PERKINS CENTRAL GARDEN TRAIL. This is an easy, 1 1/2 mile roundtrip over a concrete foot path, with less than a 30 foot rise. Wheelchair and stroller accessible, this loop is in the heart of the Park at the base of the highest rock formations.
Other great trails include RIDGE TRAIL, a moderate, 1/2 mile loop, with less than 100 foot rise in elevation. This path gives you the feeling of being among the rocks.
SIAMESE TWINS TRAIL is an easy 1 mile roundtrip, with less than a 150 foot rise. There is a unique view of Pikes Peak through the natural window of the twins.
CHAMBERS/BRETAG/PALMER TRAIL is a moderate, 3 mile circle with less than a 250 foot rise. Nearly circling the entire Park, this trail covers rolling, rocky terrain away from the traffic.
SCOTSMAN/BUCKSKIN CHARLIE TRAIL is a moderate trail that loops through the Park. Enjoy the distant views of the Central Garden formations from these rolling, rocky trails.
For a complete list of trails in the Park, pick up a full color map at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.
|For guided horseback rides in the Garden of the Gods Park contact Academy Riding Stables at 719-633-5667.
horse trailers can be parked and unloaded at South Spring Canyon Picnic
area. Get a trail map from the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center for trails open to horseback riding.
There are two uncovered picnic areas in Garden of the Gods Park; SCOTSMAN PICNIC AREA with 11 picnic tables AND THE SOUTH SPRING CANYON PICNIC AREA
with 13 picnic tables. The picnic areas are used on a first come-first
serve basis, and reservations are not taken for picnic areas. Bar-B-Q
Grills are available for use with charcoal or you may bring a propane
grill into the park for use in the picnic areas. *Alcohol is not
permitted in the park.
Free full-color park maps are available at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center information desk which show the locations
of the picnic areas in Garden of the Gods Park.
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