Overview

In 1871, General William Jackson Palmer founded Colorado Springs while extending the lines of his Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. In 1879, General Palmer repeatedly urged his friend, Charles Elliott Perkins, the head of the Burlington Railroad, to establish a home in the Garden of the Gods and to build his railroad from Chicago to Colorado Springs. Although the Burlington never reached Colorado Springs directly, Perkins did purchase two-hundred and forty acres in the Garden of the Gods for a summer home in 1879. He later added to the property but never built on it, preferring to leave his wonderland in its natural state for the enjoyment of the public. Perkins died in 1907 before he made arrangements for the land to become a public park, although it had been open to the public for years. In 1909, Perkins' children, knowing their father's feeling for the Garden of the Gods, conveyed his four-hundred eighty acres to the City of Colorado Springs. It would be known forever as the Garden of the Gods "where it shall remain free to the public.

Amenities
Discounts: Group Discount Coupon Available
Facility Amenities: ADA-compliant, Brochures Available, Concessions, Food/Beverage Service, Foreign Language Guide Available , Gift Shop, Handicapped Parking, Historic Location, Internet Access, Interpretive Displays, Maps & Brochures Available, Museum, National Register of Historic Places, Naturalist on site, Parking on site, Pets on Leash Allowed, Phone, Picnic Area, Printed Guides Available, Restaurant on site, Restrooms, Retail Shop, RV Parking, Visitor Center on site
General Information: Activity Duration: 1-4 hours, Dates Closed: Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years Day, Guides Available, Hours of Operation: Summer, 8am to 7pm; Winter 9am to 5pm, Parental Permission Needed, Private Instruction Available, Seasons of Operation: year round, Terrain Description: mild - moderate, Visitor Center on site
Group Amenities: Accommodates Tour Groups, Bus/Motorcoach Parking on site, Group Instruction Available, Group Rates Available, Minimum Group Number: 10
Guest Information: Family-friendly
Information Services: Calendar of Events, Cultural Information, Safety Information, Weather Updates
On-site Activities: Biking, Birding, Hiking/Backpacking, Horseback Riding, Nature/Interpretive Trail, Rock Climbing/Rappelling, Scenic Drive, Scenic Overlook, Wildlife Viewing
Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Travelers Checks, Visa
Rate Information: Cost of Admission: Movie: $4/adult, $2/child, Free Admission, Tour Prices: vary
Rentals: Kids Equipment, Other: Free Wheelchair Rental
Reservation Services: Dining, Tours /Activities
Suitable for Ages: Adults (18+), Adults (21+), Children (up to 12), Teens (13-18)
Tour Information: Customized Tours, Group Tours, Guided Tours, Self-guided Tours, Tour Schedule: FREE Walking Tours 10am & 2pm