Colorado Springs, CO
Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak,
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.