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“long drive in slow traffic” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pikes Peak Highway

Pikes Peak Highway
5069 Pikes Peak Highway, Cascade, CO
+1 719-385-7325
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Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods and Air Force...
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Cascade
Activities: Driving, Four-wheeling
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Owner description: Welcome to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain! The Pikes Peak Highway entrance is conveniently located 15 minutes west of Colorado Springs on Highway 24. The beauty of being so close to the city is that you can spend your time enjoying the mountain instead of getting to the mountains. Plan for your round trip journey to the summit to take 2-3 hours. The safe, scenic highway provides you the opportunity to enjoy Pikes Peak at your leisure. From the gateway at an elevation of 7,400 feet, you'll encounter some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world as you wind your way through an alpine wonderland of scenic beauty, mountain reservoirs, beyond timberline, overtaking the clouds...All along the way to the 14,115 foot summit of America's most famous mountain. Along the way, you'll discover the North Slope Recreation Area, Crystal Reservoir Gift Shop, Historic Glen Cove Inn, and the Summit House. There are three lakes for fishing, picnic areas, hiking trails, and breathtaking views. Stop and watch one of our "Meet the Ranger" Interpretive Programs and learn about the history, myths, flora and fauna on the mountain. All offer visitor services and basic necessities to make your day both enjoyable and memorable.
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“long drive in slow traffic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

If you are going in popular travel time, be prepared to have to slow down in places because of the traffic. If anyone is prone to motion or altitude sickness, maybe avoid this drive. Or, bring crackers to nibble on and have water. I suggest if you have the money, instead of driving in car, pay and take the Cog Train up instead.

Visited July 2013
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“High. Very high.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

They really don't understand the world "small" over there! Over 14,000 feet up and the air was a little thin. Fantastic views for some amazing distances. I think I saw every type of weather from up there.

Visited June 2012
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“The Highway to Pikes Peak at 14,000 feet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Stop for a pinic or walk at Glen Cove. See if you are woozy or light headed. You need to watch the risk of altitude sickness.

Visited December 2012
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“Toll road up to Glen Cove and Pikes Peak”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This is a thrill, either by auto or cog railroad. The tricky part is that if you have come up from low altitudes and have no 2 or 3 day transition to 7 or 8,000 feet, one can suffer altitude sickness and die suddenly if you are unaware of what you are feeling.

Visited December 2012
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“Not for the faint of heart”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The highway up to Pikes Peak has great views but if you are scared of hights I recommend taking the tram up, it will save you a heart attack.

Visited July 2013
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