We’ll meet at the Garden of the Gods entrance sign and take you on an iconic yet easy hike in the central park. First, we'll get your photo with the entire park backdrop--a classic park picture! Then we'll guide you on the easy and convenient trails through beautiful Garden of the Gods. You will get to enjoy the most stunning views and amazing red rock formations. You might see wildlife such as deer and hawks…and rock climbers. We'll share the history and fascinating geology of the Garden along with fun facts about amazing local plants and about the Native Americans that still consider this sacred land. Hike For Life picked out the most incredible central trails for this introduction to Garden of the Gods. These relatively easy trails are perfect for any ability level and you can plan on hiking approximately 2-3 miles. (If you prefer a longer hike (4-6 miles) check out our Garden of the Gods Immersion Hike.) During your hike we'll also provide you tips on other destinations in town and useful information for your future hiking adventures. Our goal is to provide you with a memorable, safety-oriented, informative and fun experience that motivates you to explore more!
I am the founder and CEO of Hike for Life--a Springs based outdoor education and hiking guide service devoted to helping you explore! I have over 40 years of outdoor experience and have climbed 48 of the 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado. I screen, train and certify guides for Hike for Life that have a passion for nurturing community, inspiring others to explore responsibly and helping to preserve our great outdoors. Jeff is a retired Air Force pilot and instructor guide, Megan is an elementary education worker and back country guide and Lauren is a med school student. Jeff and I are Wilderness First Aid certified. All guides are CPR & first aid certified. We also donate 10% above what guides earn to their preferred non-profit so you are helping nurture our community--thank you!
We will provide a snack for each hiker and will help you capture many wonderful photographs. We are also passionate about…
We'll take you to see some of the most iconic rock formations in the Garden of the Gods Park -- a National Natural Landmark. You'll get close-up views of the Gateway Rocks, Kissing Camels, Cathedral Spires and Sentinel Spires, to name just a few!
Small backpack for your sunglasses, sunscreen, water, phone, camera, chap-stick and (if needed) warm layers. Comfortable shoes such as sneakers, trail runners or hiking boots In the winter: warm winter jacket , hat & mittens.
Dogs are welcome but must be leashed. We often have very mild days even in winter. Summer days can be very hot, but rain, hail or snow is possible at any time of year. This experience takes place rain or shine, please dress appropriately. You'll be outdoors, at 6500 ft elevation.
Easy Classic Garden of the Gods Hike