The Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center is the most visited attraction in the Colorado Springs region. Read our experience of this free education and nature center with interactive displays, spectacular views, photo opportunities and more.
Wondering “Should I visit the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center?”
Yes, the Visitor Center alone is worth a stop. In my opinion, the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center rivals some famous National Parks like Arches National Park.
When we visited the Garden of the Gods, I was amazed at the quality of the visitor center. This is more than check-in and
There are so many things to do for adults and kids. Even the toddler and preschooler had to be coaxed out of the visitor center.
The perspective from the terrace is a really spectacular view of the park with Pikes Peak in the back and changes with the daylight and seasons. You can eat lunch at the cafe with a view of the rock formations. We choose to picnic in the park instead
The kids loved the interactive exhibits. There are 30 interactive exhibits including:
The five exhibits about the geology are displays of how the mountains, how the rocks in Garden of the Gods were formed, Colorado Geology. The highlight is
Flora & Fauna Gallery
The wildlife display is an amazing collection of many different plants and animals of Colorado. There are interactive displays of taxidermy, tracking wildlife, and education of scat.
People & History
This exhibit does a wonderful job of telling the story of the Red Rock people, Colorado’s Native Americans and the Early Explorers.
Also, this exhibit highlights the buffalo as a prominent feature of the history of Colorado. The information about the buffalo and what every single part was used for by the Native Americans was very educational.
The other exhibits include Tourism in Garden of the Gods, The Wall of Changing Seasons – Time Lapse Photography Exhibit, Fit for the Gods – A Photographic History of the Park and the Buffalo Photo op.
3D Dinosaur Mural
We had a lot of fun with the 3D dinosaur mural. Taking googfy photos over and over.
Learn how the amazing red rocks got there with the NEW Geo-Trekker theater experience, shown every 20 minutes.
HD Movie: “How Did Those Red Rocks Get There?” shown in the Geo-Trekker Theater. You do have to pay for tickets to the short movie ($5/adults, $3/children)..
Junior Range Program
Also Garden of the Gods has their own Junior Ranger program. You can pick up your booklets at the information desk and return it when finished to collect your junior ranger badge. We are big fans of the Junior Ranger Programs at the state and national parks and were equally impressed with this one.
No visitor center is complete without a Gift Shop. This
Planning Your Visit to the Garden of the Gods
The Garden of the Gods Park and Visitor and Nature Center are free to the public. Its is located directly across the street from the Park’s main entrance at 1805 North 30th Street
- Address: 1805 North 30th Street
- Cost: Free Admission
- HoursWinter Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
- Summer Hours: 8 am – 7 pm
- Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Day
- The park hours are from 5 am to
- Handicap accessible and stroller friendly
- Download a Map of the Park here
If you are planning on visiting the Colorado Springs area we have more resources for you. Make sure to read all about planning a trip to Garden of the Gods and things to do in Colorado Springs.
- Exploring Garden of the Gods
- Free Things to Do in Colorado
- Things to do in Neighboring Pueblo, Colorado
Places to Stay Near Garden of the Gods
Planning a trip to Colorado Springs and thinking about staying near
Here are some of our suggestions for places to stay near Garden of the Gods
- Closest to Garden of the Gods, Pool, Suites with kitchenette – Best Western Plus Executive Residency Fillmore Inn
- Budget with a pool – Best Western Plus Peak Vista Inn
- Indoor pool with a water slide – Baymont by Wyndham Colorado Springs
- Swimming Pool and pet-friendly – The Academy Hotel
- Luxury accommodations – Garden of the Gods Club and Resort
Final Thoughts on the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center
You may be tempted to breeze by and go straight into the park but the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center is worth the stop. I think you will be impressed by the things to do here and all the exhibits.
The interactive exhibits and photo opportunities were so much fun for the kids – toddlers to tweens.
After you visit let us know what you think of this world class visitor center.