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Colorado Springs, CO

Population: 479
Jeff Adkins

Garden of the Gods

Gods tend to go above and beyond when it comes to gardening. Rather than your average plants and flowers, the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO, offers ancient rock beds and towers, along with a few hiking trails for the adventurous.

The Hype: Let's just say, a God's garden is expected to impress. The towering sandstone formations and living museum certainly don't disappoint.

Distance: Over 20 miles combined; most trails 3 miles or less

Difficulty: Take your pick. The 1/2-mile Ridge Trail keeps things simple, while the Chambers/Palmer Trail covers a rigorous 3 miles and many of the parks rock formations.

Terrain: Concrete to rocky

Wild Encounters: It's all about the birds

Don't Forget: Appropriate shoes

Discover Colorado Springs' full trail system.