The Garden of the Gods is one of the most famous attractions in the Springs and is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. The impressive sandstone formations are open to the public free of charge. Rock climbing is allowed only with a permit from the Visitor Center, horses and bicycles are permitted on designated trails, and leashed dogs are permitted throughout the park. Perkins Central Garden Trail 1.5 miles roundtrip Of course, the most famous (and popular) section of Garden of the Gods is the Central Garden Trail. Crowded as it may be, it is the best way to walk in the heart of the largest and most dramatic formations in the park. The Garden Trail, which consists of 1.5 miles of concrete sidewalk loops, is fully handicapped accessible and has a handicapped parking area should the spaces in the main lot be full. It's also a great place to take the elderly, out-of-towners, photographers, and rock climbers or those wishing to gawk at the rock climbers. Park Hours: Summer (May-Oct.): 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. Winter (Nov.-Apr.): 5 a.m. - 9 p.m.