Garden of the Gods Perkins Central Garden Trail

Manitou Springs, Colorado

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Garden of the Gods is a must-see, ranking up there with Pikes Peak and the U.S. Air Force Academy, for any visitor to Colorado Springs. Garden of the Gods features 19 significant rock formations, and Perkins Central Garden Trail passes around more than half of them. This easy 0.9-mile round-trip trail is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers and is located in the heart of the park, at the base of the highest rock formations.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Denver and Boulder

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Denver and Boulder

by Kim Lipker (Menasha Ridge Press)

Garden of the Gods is a must-see, ranking up there with Pikes Peak and the U.S. Air Force Academy, for any visitor to Colorado Springs. Garden of the Gods features 19 significant rock formations, and Perkins Central Garden Trail passes around more than half of them. This easy 0.9-mile round-trip trail is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers and is located in the heart of the park, at the base of the highest rock formations.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Manitou Springs
Length: 0.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 50 minutes
Season: All year
Local Contacts: Mueller State Park
Local Maps: USGS Cascade
Topo Map: Garden of the Gods: Perkins Central Garden Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Denver and Boulder Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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8/15/2017

Trail 360 on YouTube-Garden of the Gods is a very popular attraction in the Springs. It is well known for its breath taking rock formations and easy access for rock climbing. The contrast of red rock, green vegetation, and blue skies will have you telling others about the Garden of the Gods.

10/6/2007

We visited the park in the late afternoon, with the sun shining on the western walls on the rock formations. An early morning visit would surely give a completely different experience. It was a Saturday, so the trails and roads were busy. This didn't matter, because the rocks themselves are so overpowering and it is easy to forget that there are others around. One can easily take pictures that make it seem like one is in the wild back country, rather than in a popular city park in Colorado Springs. As our time was limited, we were glad of the short hike (0.9 miles) and very slight elevation gain. The trail described is paved, and wide enough for large groups to comfortably walk close together. We will return someday for a longer walk in this beautiful park.

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