City releases numbers on summer shuttle service at Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak

A free shuttle that ran all summer long at Garden of the Gods Park was boarded about 61,000 times, according to the city parks department. 

The shuttle ran daily from June 2 to August 26, as well as Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. It made stops at the temporary parking lot at Rock Ledge Ranch, at the visitor center, and at the intersection of Gateway Road and Juniper Way Loop. The parks department said the most popular place to get on was the visitor center, and the most popular place to get off was the intersection at the entrance of the park. 

The shuttle was paid for by the parks department and the nonprofit Garden of the Gods Foundation. 

The parks department said 186 people responded to a text-message survey about the shuttle. Using a scale of one to five, 84 percent of them rated the experience as a four or five. 

The parks department said nearly 27,000 cars parked at the temporary lot at Rock Ledge Ranch, including more than 1,600 on Labor Day weekend alone. 

The city is still exploring options for shuttle service next summer. They said no decisions have been made yet. 

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