COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – On Saturday, Oct. 9, the City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department will host a Motorless Morning in Garden of the Gods Park. The special event will eliminate motor vehicle access within the park from 5 a.m.-noon that day. As previously announced, visitors can also enjoy the park without vehicular traffic during the department’s final Early Bird Hike & Bike of the year on Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 5-8 a.m.
Early Bird Hike & Bikes were held on the last Wednesday of every month from May-September this year. Per normal park rules, skateboards and longboards are not permitted during these weekday events. For both the Early Bird Hike & Bike and Motorless Morning, visitors can park their vehicles at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center (1805 30th Street), Garden of the Gods Trading Post (324 Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs) or in the overflow parking lot at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (corner of 30th Street and Gateway Road). As always, the park will remain free and open to the public.
During Motorless Morning, park rules and regulations, including speed limits, apply; however, skateboards and longboards are welcome on park roads during this event. There will also be designated slow zones and one-way traffic. The park reopens promptly at noon that day to motor vehicles.
Designated parking for persons with disabilities is available at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. From the visitor center, a shuttle into the main parking lot will be available upon request on Motorless Morning for those guests who need it. All park visitors will have access to accessible routes into and throughout the park, and the City will permit the use of other power-driven mobility devices (OPDMD), per its OPDMD policy.
This will be the sixth Motorless Morning in Garden of the Gods. The special event was first held in April 2018, and, with the exception of 2020, has been held each spring and fall since then.