Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center

Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center,
1805 N. 30th St.,
Colorado Springs, CO 80904

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 "forever free" to all the world.

  • Designations:
    • National Register of Historic Places
  • Discounts:
    • Group Discount Available
  • Facility Amenities:
    • Bus/Motorcoach Parking,
    • Concessions,
    • Food/Beverage Service,
    • Gift Shop,
    • Naturalist on site,
    • Parking off Site,
    • Parking on Site,
    • Restaurant On Site,
    • Restrooms,
    • Retail Shop
  • General Information:
    • ADA Accessible,
    • Family-Friendly,
    • Free Admission,
    • Guides Available,
    • Pet-Friendly,
    • Private Instruction Available,
    • Visitor Center on site,
    • Hours of Operation
  • Group Amenities:
    • Accommodates Tour Groups,
    • Bus/Motorcoach Parking off site,
    • Bus/Motorcoach Parking on site,
    • Group Instruction Available,
    • Group Rates Available,
    • Minimum Group Size
  • Information Services:
    • Calendar of Events,
    • Cultural Information
  • On-site Activities:
    • Biking,
    • Birding,
    • Hiking/Backpacking,
    • Nature/Interpretive Trail,
    • Rock Climbing/Rappelling,
    • Scenic Drive,
    • Scenic Overlook,
    • Wildlife Viewing