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Garden of the Gods: Palmer -> Buckskin-Charlie -> Niobrara -> Bretag Loop

One of the highest-value trail combinations in Garden of the Gods.

Hiking Moderate

6.5 km
152 m
152 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2 km
Garden of the Gods: Palmer -> Buckskin-Charlie -> Niobrara -> Bretag Loop Map

The Garden of the Gods is Colorado Springs' most famous park, containing stunning geological formations of uplifted red rock fins. These staggeringly-beautiful rocks attract over two million visitors per year to the park, making it the most popular in all of Colorado Springs.


While this loop route doesn't have an easy-to-remember name, it's renowned as one of the highest-value hiking (or trail running) loops in Garden of the Gods. The route runs for a bit over 4 miles and connects the Palmer, Buckskin-Charlie, Niobrara, and Bretag trails (among others). On this route, you'll circumnavigate the massive rock formations, enjoying ever-changing views of the red rocks from every single angle. Be sure to bring your camera!



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.


  • Picturesque
  • Family friendly

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