Garden of the Gods Park launching FREE public shuttle
- June 2 - August 26
- Labor Day Weekend September 1 & 2
- Every 15 minuutes, 9am - 4pm
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is partnering with the Garden of the Gods Foundation to implement a free public shuttle in Garden of the Gods Park. The optional shuttle will launch Memorial Day weekend – Saturday, Sunday and Monday – from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The trial shuttle service will operate daily from June 2-Aug. 26 and Sept. 1-2.
“This shuttle service is part of our incremental approach to apply small-scale pilot programs to test transportation options in Garden of the Gods Park,” said Kim King, parks and recreation manager. “We hope people utilize both the shuttle service and temporary parking lot this summer, but even more so, we are highly interested in receiving public feedback during this time, regardless if they utilize these services or not.”
The shuttle fleet will be comprised of two 14-passenger vans that will complete a three-stop loop at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center and the intersection of Gateway Road and Juniper Way Loop, which connects to a trail into the Central Garden zone. To accommodate parking, a temporary parking lot has been constructed near the intersection of 30th Street and Gateway Drive at Rock Ledge Ranch. Shuttles will depart the free Rock Ledge Ranch parking lot approximately every 15 minutes. The shuttle is accessible to persons with disabilities.
Adventures Out West – which currently offers guided, purchasable jeep, Segway and trolley tours from the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center – will manage and operate the shuttle. It will be funded by both the Garden of the Gods Foundation, a 501(c)(3) created in 1994 to preserve and maintain the park, and the parks department. The foundation also owns and operates the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.
This pilot project is the result of a 2017 transportation study funded by the Garden of the Gods Foundation and conducted by Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. In addition to the study, the Parks department also sought feedback from residents in March about proposed ways to alleviate congestion, enhance access and reduce emissions. More information on the transportation study is available at coloradosprings.gov/gogtransportationstudy.