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Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak,
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Pikes Peak isn't the only geological wonder in Colorado Springs. There's also Garden of the Gods, a 1,300-acre city park filled with towering red rock formations and 25 miles of hiking trails. Kids can spend all day scrambling over boulder-strewn paths, peering through rock crevices, and playing "I'm King of the Mountain."

  • Easy stroll. The best trail for young children is the 1.5-mile Central Garden Trail. It's stroller-accessible, not too steep, and winds by the highest rock formations.
  • Moderate hike. For kids who can handle an incline, check out the half-mile Ridge Trail. This route makes them feel like they're going somewhere, but never gets more than 10 feet off the ground.

The visitor center runs a Junior Ranger program for kids 7-12 that explains the area's geology, nature, and wildlife.

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