Do You Like To Hike?| Visiting Garden of the Gods

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If you love to hike, explore, and just admire nature, then you must take a hike in the Garden of the Gods. It is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado at 1805 N. 30th St.It is owned by the city. It was originally purchased by Charles Elliott Perkins, head of Burlington railroad for him to build a Summer home in 1879. He never did, and actually added to it for 481 acres. His desire was to donate the land to the city, as it was always open to the public anyway. He never actually did, but when he died, his heirs knew of his wishes and did donate it to the city. After hiking in the Garden of the Gods, discover the majestic beauty of Pikes Peak.

The park is open every day, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and News Years Day. Summer hours are from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, with Winter hours at 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, for visitors to pick and choose which trails they want to walk. There are several different trails of varying lengths, with a total of 15 miles, if you should do all of them. The shortest is about 1/2 mile, and some of the longer ones are 3 miles. The Perkins Central garden trail is about 1 1/2 miles. It is the one used for people in wheelchairs, that is all concrete for ease of use, and only has about a 30-foot rise overall. You are welcome to travel at your own leisure or take a guided tour.

There are shuttles provided from the city to the park, should it be during the busy Summer months. This makes it so you don’t have to wait for a parking spot, as there are only 366 spaces. This is only offered from around May 25th, to Labor Day, and only from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, running continuously about every 15 minutes… Make sure to check their website before going, so that you can plan accordingly.

The park and city do request that you stay on the designated trails, and do not climb on the rocks. This is because the land, and ecosystem is very fragile, and they wish to preserve it for future generations to enjoy as well. There are specially designated for rock climbing enthusiasts, but you must first get a permit, which is free, and use proper climbing equipment to ensure everyone’s safety. You can also sign up for an adventure at $69 a person. Dogs are allowed and must be on leashes. You must also: pick up: after them. There are baggies provided for such events at the park entrance.

If you wish to, you can rent a bicycle, electric, or manual, or take a guided tour. You are also welcome to bring your own bike. It should be easy enough for all ages to be able to ride through the park. You must heed to pedestrians of course. There is one trail that is very hilly, so you will have to be in good physical shape for it. Just stop by the visitors center, and they will be glad to give you maps and show which trails are more difficult.
Make this a stop on your next visit to Colorado Springs. It will be an adventure that the whole family will enjoy and talk about for years to come. Maybe you will make multiple visits back. And while you’re at it, visit One Stop Dental, just around the corner while you’re here. Have fun!

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