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Gearing Up for the Summer!

As the busy summer season approaches, we’re putting all the pieces in place to welcome guests from all over the world to the incredible Garden of the Gods Park! For some, this will be their first time seeing the iconic red rock formations, while others may be returning to the Park after years away. But…

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Big Changes at the VNC!

With the summer quickly approaching and our busy season on the horizon, we’re ready for another year full of excitement for thousands of guests from around the world to enjoy! To make sure that as many visitors as possible get to enjoy the Park, we’ve taken on a thrilling new endeavor of expanding our main…

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The Bighorns are a Big Deal!

For decades, the Garden of the Gods has been celebrated for the beauty of the Park, the unique geography, and the looming image of America’s Mountain in the backdrop of those glorious red rocks. However, there exists something in the Garden that is just as magnificent, iconic, and recognizable as even those distinctive images. That’s…

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Introducing The Visitor & Nature Center’s New Director!

The turn of the new year is always an exciting time: the holidays, new beginnings, resolutions to conquer, and so many opportunities await! Here at the Visitor & Nature Center, we have some excitement of our own to share, and that starts with us welcoming our new Director of Operations, Tracy Goodwin! With a passion…

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Thank You, Snook!

After 29 years of serving the City of Colorado Springs, our beloved Park Ranger, Bernard “Snook” Cipoletti retires this month, and we cannot begin to express how grateful we are for his kindness, humor, mentorship, and dedication to the Garden of the Gods. For 15 years, Snook worked with the Colorado Springs Forestry Department as…

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Starlight Spectacular and Settling Down from the Summer!

All we can say is: WOW, what a summer! From TripAdvisor and KidsOutandAbout rankings, to the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile/10K, to the famous Starlight Spectacular, to  welcoming tens of thousands of guests in the span of three months…this summer was a smashing success! Let’s do a quick recap of the Starlight Spectacular and…

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A Successful Summer So Far!

Thanks, Tripadvisor! Recently, the GoG had the immense honor of being featured in Tripadvisor’s Best of the Best list, which is already incredible on its own, but it gets better: we were ranked number 9….in the WORLD. That’s higher than Central Park in New York City, Paris’ Eiffel Tower, and even Machu Picchu! Who knew…

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Birds of the Park

Red-tailed Hawk Scientific Classification:Kingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: AvesOrdeo·: Falconifomes (or Accipitriformes)Family: AccipitridaeGenus: ButeoSpecies: Buteo jamaicensisLength: 19″Wing Span: 49″Weight: 2.4 lb (1,080 g)The red-tailed hawk can be seen flying high above the Garden of the Gods park, but most commonly observed flying around Gray Rock. Prairie Falcon Scientific Classification:Kingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: AvesOrdeo·: Falconifomes (or Accipitriformes)Family: FalconidaeGenus: FalcoSpecies:…

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Colorado Springs ranked in the Top 10 “Emerging Destinations” list

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – Colorado Springs has earned the number 7 spot in TripAdvisor’s list ranking the top 25 emerging destinations in the world. It was part of TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best 2021 ranking. The list is published annually and uses reviews, ratings, and saves from travelers worldwide to “spotlight the…

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Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center wins Prism Award

Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center in Colorado Springs was among three organizations statewide to receive Prism Awards Friday from the Colorado Institute for Social Impact. The center received a Prism Award for Social Impact Business of the Year for southern Colorado, EarthHero in Boulder received a similar award for northern Colorado and…

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Noxious weeds in Garden of the Gods 

Thirsty invasive plants that steal water from natural vegetation, grow quickly, and overtake recreational trails have infiltrated Garden of the Gods, a registered National Natural Landmark. With 6 million visitors each year, the historic site has become vulnerable to the spread of noxious weeds through human and pet activity, said John Stark, manager of Garden…

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Visit Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs

Early travelers were drawn to Colorado Springs for the high altitude, sunshine, mineral waters, and dry climate. Present-day travelers visit for many of the same reasons.  At 6,035 ft., Colorado Springs even surpasses Denver, the mile-high city. Most travelers fly into Denver International Airport and drive 75 miles (121km) south on Interstate Highway 25 to Colorado…

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Colorado Springs offers a relaxing, family-friendly getaway from Vail Valley

Perched atop a hill overlooking Garden of the Gods, the aptly named Garden of the Gods Resort offered a relaxing weekend respite after a recent stress-filled week. We arrived at the resort on a Friday afternoon with just enough time to check out our luxurious room (plush robes, private balcony and an in-room wine dispenser) and gawk…