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Garden of the Gods

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Basics
Location
15 minutes northwest of Colorado Springs
Season:
Spring to fall
Rock Type:
Sandstone
Hazards:
Brittle rock in places, high first placements
Routes:
Years

Description

Located near Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods is a "National Natural Landmark" made up of beautiful sandstone formations. Pillars and other interesting shaped rocks make for a aesthetically pleasing climbs and the views from the top are excellent. The tradeoff for the cool rock formations is that it is brittle in some places so be sure not to climb when it is wet. Also, there is virtually no sport climbing here and very few top-rope opportunities. In general, the climbs are great and exciting but watch out for a lot of them to be a little run out and have a high first placement.

There is a great mix of beginner and intermediate climbing at almost every crag or wall and there are some routes in the 5.12+ range. There is no entrance fee into the area but getting a permit at the Visitor's Center is required before beginning (they take this seriously and it only takes three minutes). Some other considerations to be aware of is that only red rock-colored chalk is allowed and slings should also match the color of the rock.

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  • 719-209-6649

The Colorado Climbing Company The Colorado Climbing Company is the premier guide service and climbing school in Colorado. Whether you and some friends want to try climbing or if you are trying to advance your climbing by obtaining new skills our certified guides are available year round. All of our instruction and guided climbing trips can be scheduled at your convenience. We offer quality service at great value.

Location
15 minutes northwest of Colorado Springs
Rock Type:
Sandstone
Hazards:
Brittle rock in places, high first placements
Routes:
Years
Season:
Spring to fall
Basic Directions
Take exit 146 from I-25 in Colorado Springs. At the dead end turn left and go 1 mile until the Garden entrance and the visitor's center.
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