Statecation at the Garden of the Gods Resort

At Garden of the Gods Resort, being well is everything.

Yoga at the Garden of the Gods Resort reflection pool
Photo courtesy of Garden of the Gods Resort.

First of all, the views are incredible—from every single room. Not just the hotel rooms, the public spaces, too. The resort sits on a hilltop overlooking the visitor center at Garden of the Gods, and it was designed to maximize the one-of-a-kind vantage point of the red rock formations so beautiful, their name evokes a religious experience. Every room of this resort hotel perched atop a mesa faces west so you wake up to the sun blazing on the natural sculptures, and every sunset concludes behind Pikes Peak. Check-in begins at 4 p.m., which timed out perfectly for me to catch the sunset during my visit. There was a charcuterie board waiting in my room on arrival (pro tip: order one ahead of your stay so there’s one waiting for you, too), and I can’t think of a better way to settle into the relaxing, rejuvenating experience than meditating on the scenery from your room as the sun dips behind Pikes Peak in all its purple mountain majesty. It’s a view that inspired America the Beautiful, and you’ll want to soak it all in, preferably from your private patio or balcony (every room has one), should the temperatures allow.

And then you’ll want to soak in the tub. Recent renovations of this once-private club turned what were massive closets in the lodge rooms into spa-like bathrooms in the Lodge Club Deluxe Suites, complete with a deep soaking tub that’s in the spa shower. Seriously. I took seven total showers during my two-day stay (two of them in the spa, but more on that later) so consider my stay quite the cleansing escape. Other notable features from the recent renovations include a cozy fireplace, Nespresso TIME TO REFLECT The stunning rock formations at the Garden of the Gods serve as a fitting backdrop for fitness classes and yoga practices. machine, wet bar, and thoughtful amenities like in-room yoga mats and blocks. You might not see any reason to leave the suite at all.

Drawing upon Colorado Springs’ legacy as a century-old wellness destination, the resort is replete with healthful offerings. Beyond the accommodations, the resort boasts a 27-hole golf course, two pools, a comprehensive fitness center offering a variety of classes, and the Strata Integrated Wellness Spa, a holistic destination drawing fresh thinking and solutions from a world of healing options. The fusion of natural elements throughout the resort, including the serene mid-century modern design of the guest rooms, ensures a continuous connection with the abundant sense of place. And, it’s worth saying again, what a spellbinding place it is.

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The heart of the resort’s acclaim, however, lies in the Strata Spa. Ranked as No. 1 in 2022 by Yelp, in the top 10% worldwide by Trip Advisor, and included among the best hotels in the country by U.S. News & World Report, this resort boasts a 31,000-square-foot wellness retreat recognized for its transformative health and wellness offerings. It’s a one-of-a-kind experiential and immersive wellness retreat that is perhaps the state’s finest spa. (Organic Spa Media Wellness Travel Awards dubbed it the country’s “most transformative.”) It offers everything from IV therapies to Ayurvedic treatments, the latest medicine to the oldest rituals. I opted for the Algae Deep Detoxifying journey, a unique session that began with an abdominal massage followed by a full-body exfoliation. Using special massage techniques to support drainage and the release of toxins, the therapist then painted my body with an algae mask before cocooning me in an infrared heat blanket and left me alone with my thoughts for 20 minutes while the treatment worked its magic. Following a shower, I was slathered with a nourishing finishing cream that left me glowing when I left the spa and still glowing when I later returned to once again enjoy the steam room and experiential shower complete with touch screen and experiential rainfalls for an immersive cleansing experience.

Book your own wellness getaway in March; Colorado residents can take advantage of the $50 resort credit, plus 20% off the best lodge room rates.

Garden of the Gods Resort food
Photo courtesy of Garden of the Gods Resort.

Eat + Drink

There are four food & bev venues at the resort, including Kissing Camels Grille & Bar by the golf course, which offers daily happy hour, live music, and theme nights (fish & chips Fridays, prime rib Saturdays, etc.) throughout the week. The Rocks Lounge, exclusive to club members and resort guests, offers signature cocktails that highlight the region’s best craft distillers and farmers alongside light bites that range from spa fare to indulgent pizzas. The centerpiece of it all is Grand View, led by a chef the property lured away from Cherry Hills Country Club. For the first time in resort history, it’s open to the public and with its fine fare and excellent view overlooking the reflection pool and the Garden of the Gods, making it an excellent location for special occasion dining.

Garden of the Gods
Photo courtesy of Garden of the Gods Resort.


Immerse yourself in the views at the awe-inspiring national natural landmark Garden of the Gods famed for its majestic red rock formations against the backdrop of Pikes Peak. Just below the resort, wander through more than 15 miles of trails, ranging from leisurely walks to challenging hikes, each offering unique vantage points of the towering sandstone pillars. The park’s Visitor and Nature Center provides insightful exhibits on the geology, ecology, and cultural history of this magnificent landscape. Nearby, elevate your wildlife experience at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, America’s only mountain zoo, it offers an intimate encounter with over 750 animals, interactive exhibits, and a chance to hand-feed giraffe herds