Today is the first day of fall and somehow our first Garden of the Gods hike so far this year! Our goal for 2017 was to do 5 Garden of the Gods hikes so we have some catching up to do!
This hike is short, offers a great opportunity to let kids run around and climb, and can end with ice cream at the Trading Post.
Parking can be found at the Balanced Rock Parking Lot- Parking Lot 15. If you enter the park from 30th, follow the signs to Balanced Rock.
The Balanced Rock Formation is one of the most popular in all of Garden of the Gods. There are tourists everywhere! We came early on a Friday morning and luckily it was not crowded.
The boys spent quite a bit of time running and climbing on the rocks and trying to push the Balanced Rock over.
The Balanced Rock Trailhead can be found about 200 feet from the parking lot for the Balanced Rock (see map below). You cross the road to access the trail.
This hike is super short- .1 mile. You walk this short distance and then it meets up with another trail where you can walk to the Trading Post (closest bathroom!) or walk a little farther to the Spring Canyon South Picnic Area and enjoy a snack.
Boys’ ages at time of hike: 6, 4, and 2. Not stroller friendly.
Everything that we write about is our own opinion and experience. PLEASE always check with the original source as exhibits, prices, location, terrain, hours, availability, etc., may have changed from when we went to current day.