Though it presents as a state park you would expect to pay admission to, Garden of the Gods is a completely free city park! I’ve heard a lot about this park over the years from friends who have visited, one or two expressing that it was the most beautiful place they’d ever been to. And it sure was very picturesque!
The one-way loop road and paved walking paths made the park easily accessible for everyone. There were also other dirt paths around the park for horse riders, bikers, and hikers.The paved area seemed great for sight-seers, joggers, and rock climbers. In fact, there may have even been more people scaling the rocks than walking the paths! We unintentionally went during the hottest part of the day. The tall dark red rocks and red paved walkway seemed to attract the heat of the unforgiving sun. We had to stop and give Roxi and Shirley water about 10-15 minutes into the walk, and I continuously pressed my hand to the ground for several seconds at a time to make sure the path wasn’t too hot for the dogs’ feet!
Other than the immense heat and the occasional “watch out for rattle snakes” signs (which Gina just LOVED hahaha), we had a great walk. Looking up where the rocks met the sky, there seemed to always be a few birds in flight. I imagine the area would be great for bird watching, so bring your binoculars if you’re into that kind of thing! We also came within 10 feet of a couple deer grazing on the edge of the walkway behind a large shrub. When the deer saw the dogs, they surprisingly began to creep out from behind the vegetation. Maybe they wanted to make fur-friends? They hung around for about 5 minutes until Shirley, the tiny dog that barely qualifies as a dog, started barking randomly at them they hurried away after that. Probably totally freaked out and confused by the squirrel started barking at them, haha! What a ruiner!
It was nice to hike down and around the red rocks, but I especially enjoyed the view from our RV while driving the loop road. If you find yourself in Colorado, you should absolutely make a trip out to see the Garden of the Gods. I’d recommend it as a day hike kind of place, but I’m sure other adventurers such as bird watchers and rock climbers could find entertainment there for days! Gina and I both felt safe and welcome in the park. People were very kind, and having dogs is definitely a perk to meeting friendly faces, both human and wildlife!