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Garden of the Gods Walkabout

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 176 reviews.Colorado Springs, United States

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Experience hosted by Elise And Austin

3.5 hours
Includes food, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Garden of the Gods is one of the top city parks in the nation with 5 million visitors last year! Avoid the swarm of visitors, see more wildlife, and avoid heat of the day on this beautiful early morning hike through the Garden. We will begin the hike by admiring the stunning red rocks and learning about the local history, wildlife, and vegetation in the central gardens. We will then hike to less traversed trails that offer spectacular views of Pikes Peak and the front range of the Rockies. We will end with a birds eye view of the park before winding our way back down to our starting point. The total distance of the hike will be 4 miles on moderate terrain trails with a 250 foot increase in elevation. Throughout the tour we will witness beautiful rock formations and will be on the look out for Rocky Mountain wildlife. Be prepared to take many photos!
Garden of the Gods is one of the top city parks in the nation with 5 million visitors last year! Avoid the swarm of visitors, see more wildlife, and avoid heat of the day on this beautiful early morning hike through the Garden. We will begin the hike by admiring the stunning red rocks and learning about the local history, wildlife, and vegetation in the central gardens. We will then hike to less traversed trails that offer spectacular views of Pi…

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What's included

  • Food
    Local Snacks
    Eldorado Natural Spring Water and a Bobo's Oat Bar (Vegan...
  • Equipment
    Badger Sunscreen,
    Natural Bug Spray, and
    Ponchos (if needed due t...
From $65
/ person
Sun, Nov 1
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
$65 per person
$65 per person
Sun, Nov 8
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
$65 per person
$65 per person
Availability for this experience is rare.

Meet your host, Elise And Austin

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 176 Reviews
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Hi! My name is Elise and I have a Masters in Natural Resource Management, Wildlife Sciences and a big passion for connecting people to the natural world around them. My passion led me to creating my business Environmental Experiences. This tour focuses on experiencing the environment through the identification and learning of plants, animals, geology, and history. I am committed to you having a fantastic, worry free hike and knowledge of Rocky Mountain vegetation and wildlife when you leave. Come experience a unique tour of Garden of the Gods that you won't forget!
Hi! My name is Elise and I have a Masters in Natural Resource Management, Wildlife Sciences and a big passion for connecting people to the natural world around them. My passion led me to creating my business Environmental Experiences. This tour focuses on experiencing the environment through the identification and learning of plants, animals, geology, and history. I am committed to you having a fantastic, worry free hike and knowledge of Rocky Mountain vegetation and wildlife when you leave. Co…
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Where you'll be

Our hike will begin by admiring the beautiful red rock formations (including kissing camels), identifying unique vegetation and wildlife, and learning about the park's rich history. We will then travel off the beaten path to my favorite rock formation, Siamese Twins, that has a beautiful backdrop of Pikes Peak. Next, we will climb to experience a birds eye view of the park before finally winding our way back to the main parking lot.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 176 reviews.

Ethan
October 2020
This was my first AirBnB experience and it was nothing short of amazing! Austin was very informative and engaging, an absolute joy to interact with! I would HIGHLY recommend this tour if you really want to see the Garden of the Gods!
Baleigh
October 2020
This tour was excellent! I highly recommend going with Austin and Elise on this adventure. Austin was super knowledgeable, and very friendly. I enjoyed learning about the plants and animals along the tour and getting to see the beautiful sights at Garden of the Gods.
This tour was excellent! I highly recommend going with Austin and Elise on this adventure. Austin was super knowledgeable, and very friendly. I enjoyed learning about the plants an…
Jackie
October 2020
Hiking through the GOG with Austin was such a surprisingly wonderful experience. He was very knowledgeable, patiently answered all our questions & hiked at a pace that was comfortable for everyone. We hiked along some amazing trails with spectacular views. Austin is such a great conversationalist! He kept the group engaged & we had such stimulating conversation that the tour seemed to end quickly even though we actually hiked ~4mi. This was my 1st Airbnb experience, it couldn’t have gone better. Highly recommend.
Hiking through the GOG with Austin was such a surprisingly wonderful experience. He was very knowledgeable, patiently answered all our questions & hiked at a pace that was comforta…
Justin
September 2020
Let me start by saying you will not find a better experience or guide than Elise or Austin. Our guide for this tour was the lovely Elise. She is trained biologist, whose scientific insight was acute and overflowing. She quizzed us on local flora and fauna and identified to us multiple plants, animals, and birds. She walked us through the less popular paths, proving that her local knowledge of the park would direct us to the less densely populated areas. My partner and I are “chatty” but Elise’s conversation with us felt so genuine and personable yet also remained incredibly informative. We will tell all of our friends and family members about this tour. If we are ever back, we will DEFINITELY take this tour again. Thank you so so much Elise!! - Justin & Chad Denman
Let me start by saying you will not find a better experience or guide than Elise or Austin. Our guide for this tour was the lovely Elise. She is trained biologist, whose scientific…
Libby
September 2020
Elise was wonderful as a tour guide and a person. Right from the start, she asked what I wanted to get out of the tour and focused on that. She was warm and friendly, and took breaks when i needed them. I’m so happy for this experience and to learn much more of the landscape and geography of the Garden of the Gods and of Colorado! Couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
Elise was wonderful as a tour guide and a person. Right from the start, she asked what I wanted to get out of the tour and focused on that. She was warm and friendly, and took brea…
Melissa
August 2020
Austin was so knowledgeable about the history, the wildlife, the special spots to take the best pictures. We got so much more out of our experience with his guidance and HIGHLY recommend this experience!

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 8 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

Hikes will be led by Austin or Elise depending on the day
Hike is 3-4 hrs depending on guest ability
Dogs are welcome
Hikes will occur rain or shine :

What to bring

If you have a dog: leash and pet waste bags

Appropriate Shoes: hiking shoes/boots and warm tennis shoes