Start your time off at the Garden of the Gods with a 14-minute film in the Visitor and Nature Center, the gateway to the Garden of the Gods Park. Here you will uncover the history of the Pikes Peak Region of Colorado through the theatres vivid historic, geographic and geological displays shown on the 23 foot screen. The show is guaranteed to enhance your Garden of the Gods experience.
From geology and ecology, to the cultural history of the Colorado region, the park’s Visitor and Nature Center comes to life through 30 interactive exhibits. Explore the park using a six foot topographical map, learn about flora, fauna and the history of Pikes Peak Region at the Talking Rocks, or take an imaginary ride on a life-sized replica of a buffalo or bighorn sheep. The Garden of the Gods’ Visitor and Nature Center boasts seven hands-on displays, nine-colorful information displays and six dioramas that allow you to uncover the wonders of the great Pikes Peak Region.
Don’t forget to take the time to admire Rich Buzzelli’s photographs in the Rich Buzzelli exhibit. Known as the Garden’s own Landscape Photographer, Buzzelli took spectacular photographs in his day that promoted the park and increased awareness of the importance of preserving the natural wonder.
Whether it’s the scenic views surrounding the Visitor and Nature Center, or the Siamese Twins Trail, capture the Garden of the Gods on camera. The beautiful rock formations found in the park and surrounding area have been inspiring photographers and artists for years.
Shopping in the Gift Shops
Take home a piece of the garden. Whether you are looking for a small keepsake or a special gift for a friend, the gift shops at Garden of the Gods were voted the, ‘Best in Colorado Springs.’ From American Indian jewellery, pottery and sculptures to books and postcards, the gift shops offer one-of-a-kind items you can’t find anywhere else.
After you’ve explored the Visitor and Nature Center and seen the park, relax and enjoy lunch or a snack at the Garden of the Gods Café serving traditional American fare. Whether you choose to sit indoors or outdoors, the Café offers stunning views of the park and Pikes Peak.