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On the web: https://gardenofgods.com/

Hours: November 1 – April 30: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.; May 1 – October 31: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: 1805 N 30th Street, Colorado Springs, five miles northwest of the U.S Olympic & Paralympic Museum.

Cost: Free.

Go here because: It is the No. 1 park in the United States on Tripadvisor. Its magnificent, towering, red-rock formations tell a geological story billions of years in the making. You’ll feel as if you’re in another world, with majestic Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain — as a splendid scenic backdrop to the mysterious rocks that change color based on the time of day and weather conditions.

You must:

  • Start at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. Get a park map and explore interactive exhibits to learn about the geology, flora and fauna of the park.
  • Take a guided tour through the park (Segway, Jeep, trolley, horseback and e-bike).
  • See rock formations such as Kissing Camels, Balance Rock, Three Graces, Cathedral Spires and Siamese Twins.
  • Stop in the Garden of the Gods Trading Post for regional art, fun souvenirs and lunch on the shaded patio.

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