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One of the West's unique geological sites, the 1,300-acre Garden of the Gods is a giant rock garden composed of spectacular red sandstone formations sculpted by rain and wind over millions of years.

The park has a number of hiking trails -- mostly easy to moderate -- that offer great scenery and an opportunity to get away from the crowds. Leashed dogs are permitted on trails (owners should clean up after their pets). Many trails are also open to horseback riding and mountain biking. You can get trail maps for the park at the visitor center, which also offers exhibits on the history, geology, plants, and wildlife of the area; a cafeteria; and other conveniences.

A 12-minute multimedia theater presentation, How Did Those Red Rocks Get There? ($5 adults, $2 children 5-12, free for children under 5), newly remade by local filmmaker John Bourbonais in 2008 in high-definition with a unique BluRay projection system, is an excellent introduction to the geologic history of the area. In summer, park naturalists lead free 45-minute walks through the park and conduct free afternoon interpretive programs. You can also take a 20-minute bus tour of the park ($5 adults, $2.50 children 5-12, free for children under 5). You may spot technical rock climbers on some of the park spires; they are required to register at the visitor center.
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