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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.

Trail Running Moderate

6.5 km
152 m
152 m
0-1 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!



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.