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Tour of the Garden of the Gods

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

8.7 mile 14.1 kilometer loop
40% Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 673' 205 m
Descent: -674' -205 m
High: 6,522' 1,988 m
Low: 6,255' 1,907 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

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Trail shared by Allen Tanner

A riding tour of the Garden of the Gods.

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Family Friendly The majority of trail is along paved bike paths, and the singletrack is easy riding with little elevation change.

Park Hours:
May 1 – October 31, 5:00 am – 11:00 pm
November 1 – April 30, 5:00 am – 9:00 pm

Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center Hours:
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Winter Months
8:00 am – 7:00 pm, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend

Overview

The Garden of the Gods is a spectacular geological attraction in the heart of Colorado Springs. The brilliant pink, red and white sandstone 'fins' formed millions of years ago during a period geologic activity that formed the Rocky Mountains and the Pikes Peak massif.

This ride tours the Garden, along the paved bike paths and the southeastern mountain biking portions of the park.

Description

This ride begins and ends at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. Parking is free, but can become quite busy later in the day and on weekends.

The ride tours those areas open to mountain bikes, including marked bike paths along the paved roads around the Garden as well as the southeastern portion of the park that allows mountain biking along gentle singletrack.

From the visitor center, follow the path that passes underneath N 30th Street. From here take the bike path along Gateway Drive and turn north on Juniper Way Loop. The bike path winds around the north end of the Garden of the Gods, and from this vantage, the largest and most recognizable fin, 'Kissing Camels' can be seen.

The Juniper Way Loop then turns south, and along this path, other structures such as the Cathedral Valley can be seen.

Follow the road to the right, along Garden Drive. The loop continues south all the way to Balanced Rock and Steamboat Rock. Turn along Garden Drive, and follow it as it turns eastward, then northward. On the right, follow Juniper Way Loop eastward towards the south portion of the park.

The singletrack then begins off of the east side of Juniper Way Loop, beginning with the Niobrara Trail looping counterclockwise. The trail winds through scrub oak trees, with views of the Garden, then meets with the Ute Trail loop riding it clockwise back to Juniper Way Loop.

Ride back along Gateway Road and underneath N 30th Street, back to the visitor center.

History & Background

Human presence near the Garden of the Gods begins many thousands of years ago. Stone hearths and fire rings found in the Garden date over 3000 years ago. Ute Indian tradition tells of the creation of their people at the Garden of the Gods, and that their people have always lived in this area. The Ute Indians wintered in the Garden of the Gods and held it as a sacred space.

In August of 1859, two surveyors evaluated a townsite, in the Colorado Springs area to be named Colorado City. They came upon the beautiful area of sandstone formations, now called Garden of the Gods. One of the surveyors, M. S. Beach, suggested that it would be a "capital place for a beer garden" when the country grew up. The other surveyor, Rufus Cable, exclaimed, "Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the Gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods."

Garden of the Gods is now a public park located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, US. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1971.

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Sep 14, 2019
Brodie Crawford
Took lots of wrong turns, and very uphill/downhill on the roads. 10.1mi — 1h 14m
Aug 31, 2019
Claus Dieter
7mi — 0h 56m
Aug 10, 2019
Kenny Young
Paved path, would have been safer in our car. Lots of moron drivers who are only concerned about getting photos, parking and passing in bike Lanes. 8mi — 1h 00m
Jul 19, 2019
Dominic Mrdjan
4.5mi
Jun 24, 2019
Jessica Whalen
10mi — 1h 52m
Jun 24, 2019
Jeff Crews
8.7mi — 10h 44m
May 11, 2019
Graeme Dunn
Mar 10, 2019
James Calvetti

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Photos

Sunset in Garden of the Gods.
Sep 6, 2016 near Manitou…, CO
The Niobrara Trail adds an interesting technical component to the ride, as well as a brilliant overlook of the valley.
Sep 27, 2016 near Manitou…, CO
An overcast day.
Sep 27, 2016 near Manitou…, CO
Young legs pedal along scenic singletrack shadowed by prehistoric precipices.
Sep 27, 2016 near Manitou…, CO
Stormy skies cast shadows over Garden of the Gods.
Sep 26, 2016 near Manitou…, CO
The singletrack along Ute Trail winds towards the center of the Garden.
Sep 27, 2016 near Manitou…, CO

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