Plants and Animals in the Garden

The Garden of the Gods is a crossroads of four different ecosystems: 

  • Cottonwood-Willow
  • Prairie Grasslands
  • Pinon-juniper
  • Ponderosa Pine

What this means is that, within the Garden, you'll see plants, animals and geology of all four regions. 

As you walk or drive through the Garden of the Gods, be on the lookout for this outstanding variety of plants and animals.  Spend some time with binoculars checking out the holes in the rocks where many critters hang out. 

Don't neglect a stop at the Visitors Center.  The display of the plants, animals and geology of the Garden is unsurpassed.  Truly.

Wildlife Safety

Dealing with Wildlife

It’s called wildlife for a reason so treat these animals with healthy respect and caution.  Most of the wildlife you’ll see in the Garden you couldn’t get near if you tried.  So why try?

  • Don’t feed the animals is rule number one. 
  • Also, don’t leave food or trash where animals can get into it.
  • When hiking on the trails, keep the kids close and dogs on the leash.

If you run into a bear or a mountain lion: 

Stay calm and back away slowly.  Slowly wave your arms to look bigger. Don’t turn and run.  They’ll likely retreat too.

If you run into a rattlesnake:

Back away slowly with these guys as well.  If you get bitten, stay calm.  Don’t use a tourniquet and don’t try sucking the poison out.  Just be calm, keep the bite below the level of the heart, and call 911 for help.    







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