Pikes Peak - America's Mountain

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Pikes Peak - America's Mountain

Pikes Peak - America's Mountain
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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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Minneapolis12 contributions
We drove up to the top of Pikes Peak.
Be sure to go online & purchase a timed entry permit ticket. They only let so many vehicles in during a set time. We had the 10-noon entry permit. I would highly recommend doing the earlier time 8-10am, as it might not be as busy.
When we arrived on the road to Pikes Peak at 11am, the cars were backed up a long way. It took us awhile to get to the North Pole tourist attraction & at that point, cars were tuning around. By the time we finally made it up to the area where it breaks into three lanes to get through a check point, we were still barely moving. People were getting out of their vehicles & going over to the pit toilets & back to their vehicle that had barely moved while they were gone. Don't understand why, with three lanes, & everyone already purchasing tickets online ahead of time, why the park employees were taking so long to let each vehicle through. It took us over an hour to get through the line at entrance to the park!!
The drive up was beautiful, breathtaking, & a little scary at times, especially when someone riding a bicycle is on the outside curve you are trying to get around!!. The views at the top were also beautiful.
I would recommend that your vehicle & brakes are in good working condition. They stop you half way down to take the temperature of your brakes & will have you pull over if they are too hot.
I enjoyed the drive up & down, but will not do it again. The extremely long wait just to get into the park to drive up the mountain & all the vehicles going slowly up & down the mountain took away from the enjoyment of the experience.
Written August 3, 2022
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Colorado Springs, CO1,462 contributions
This was my first time to the summit since construction ended, and the upgrades to the summit house and surrounding areas are fantastic!

Note that reservations for timed entry must be made in advance for guests who want to drive to the summit. Otherwise, guests will drive to a large parking lot at mile 16 and take a bus to the summit. The road is in excellent conditions and is not at all scary or risky. Just follow posted speed limits!

At the top, there are multiple overlooks and viewing points. These are much safer than before, where the summit was just open for people to walk around on, but these overlooks do detract from the natural beauty of the area. Additionally, new placards with historical information are posted everywhere.

The new summit house is truly phenomenal. In the entrance, the summit sign and the old sasquatch statue from the Crystal Dam area are displayed, thus preserving a bit of history of the highway. Past the entrance and down the staircase (with HEATED railings!), there is a cafeteria where the infamous summit donuts are still sold! There is also an exhibit area and a full gift shop.

While the small, rustic summit house is what I'll always remember from my childhood, the updates to the area better posture the summit for the flood of tourists who visit every year. Well done!
Written May 30, 2022
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Minneapolis, MN12 contributions
We had planned to take the recently re-opened cog wheel railroad to the top of Pike's Peak, but it was sold out when we got to the station. Driving to the top somehow seemed the most reasonable thing to do next, even though the driver had initially been reluctant to do so.

After paying the $15/person entrance fee and receiving a map marked with points of interest on the way up, we started out. The first few miles were not bad at all. Lots of trees surrounded us. We times we passed people seemingly intent on biking their way to the top. Below the treeline there are attractive places to stop and picnic, if you are so inclined.

As we got higher the trees became sparser, affording great views but the lack of guardrails was alarming. Personally I was more worried than I had been negotiating the Million Dollar Highway from Silverton, CO to Durango, CO, another stretch that can seem intimidating.

Above the treeline there were plenty of rocks. A field of boulders marked as a point of interest we passed had numerous other travelers stopped to play. When we got to the top (about mid-morning), we found a parking lot that was cramped but not yet full (it was by the time we left, and cars were lined up waiting to enter).

The visitor's center has an interactive historical display, restrooms, and a cafeteria. The cafeteria serves, among other things, doughnuts. Supposedly these are somehow noticeably different because of the high altitude at which they are made. They were fine, but IMO not particularly special. Perhaps the switch to a new doughnut making machine along with the new visitor's center has altered their nature?

There is also a walkway to the cog wheel railroad station. It continues past that a bit, and the views are spectacular. For me it was probably better to do this after the visitor's center and I'd had a bit of time to adjust to the thinner air (it took just a few minutes, but until then I felt a bit light-headed). It was here I felt driving might be a better choice, as we were not tied to the schedule of the railroad (it's also cheaper).

Going down seemed easier and faster than going up. But even so we were passed more than once by bicyclists making their own way down at alarming speeds!
Written September 13, 2021
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Freedom, WI29 contributions
Had a disappointing ride on the Cogtrain. Limited parking in Manitou Springs. We were originally told to get to the Cogtrain parking lot an hour early. Got there 1 hr. early and was turned away by the parking attendant saying we could not enter until 40 min. early. The cogtrain parking lot charges $10. The train was very disappointing in that the passengers are knocking knees with the stranger sitting across from you no matter how long your legs are. It is obvious the normal comfort expected by the passengers took the back seat and was overlooked by the company's greed for money when buidling this train. Really, we were knocking knees for the entire 1+ hours going up and again down the mountain. We were then given a mere 40 min. at the summit to get off the train, walk to the building, take pictures, use the restroom, stand in line to get a bite to eat or browse the gift shop and board the train on time, otherwise, we were told the train leaves promptly and waits for no one. Weather was a factor when we were at the Peak. We had peasize hail for a while and it was foggy so no pictures were taken. Be sure to have oxygen with you. I had a terrible issue with low oxygen and couldn't wait to get down to the bottom of the mountain, not knowing ahead of time that I could purchase a can of oxygen. The scenery on the ride up and down was ok but it would be better by car....that is...if you would have the nerve to drive up there. Not bad for some people but I get nervous.
Written July 7, 2021
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Colorado Springs, CO1,462 contributions
I'll be blunt: right now, the summit is straight up hideous. I've summitted Pikes Peak multiple times over the years via the Pikes Peak Highway, the Cog Railway, and hiking...I recommend visitors wait until construction is complete before visiting.

Most guests have to take a shuttle from mile 16 (the road is 19 miles total) to the summit, but masks are required on the shuttle. Mandating mask wear and further restricting oxygen intake in an already hypoxic environment is not a great idea...a lot of visitors were VERY sick at the summit. However, a few guests can drive to the summit and are given a summit pass at the bottom entrance gates; these passes are reserved for folks who have kids in car seats or cars specially made for the handicapped.

The summit left much to be desired because of construction. Guests are taken to the summit sign to take a picture, but there are no good views because everything is cordoned off due to construction. The fumes from construction vehicles are suffocating, and the dust being kicked up from construction was stifling.

I will say that the summit will be SPECTACULAR once construction's complete; wait to go until then. I'd recommend purchasing a ticket to the Crystal Reservoir only to enjoy beautiful views of Pikes Peak, fish in the reservoir, and visit the gift shop located there.
Written June 3, 2020
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Ocala, FL2 contributions
Enjoyed the ride up with commentator telling everyone about the history. Did not enjoy the stay at the top. There was no place to get out of the wind and cold other than to cower behind a wall blocking the wind. There is a visitor center that is inside but a reservation must be made in advance at an additional cost that I could not determine due to the website hiding the cost until you were ready to provide a credit card after giving them your name and setting up an account. With an exorbitant cost of $145 for two seniors, one would think it would include a place to get out of the wind once the train reached the top or allow people to enter the visitor center and gift shop. Even with Covid restrictions, a method to allow people inside could be established. The ride down was very uneventful but scenic views were memorable. I drove as well as taking the COG train. If I had it to do over would just drive up on Auto road.
Written August 27, 2020
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Weston, FL570 contributions
We were debating whether to drive up or take the cogwheel train to the peak. Due to Covid, we decided to drive up but would definitely take the train next time for the experience and more relaxing way to get to the peak. While the road is paved, it is extremely curvy and challenging at times but very doable by taking your time and obeying the speed limit! I think driving up is the more stressful of the two as sometimes you only see blue sky as the grade of the road is so steep! As long as your vehicle is is good shape with excellent brakes, you should be all set. The cost to drive up can be viewed as "steep" however it takes a lot to maintain the road and they are building state of the art new visitor center at the peak. To us, it was worth every penny as you can stop at multiple places to get our, stretch and view the extraordinary landscape....it is hard to put in words. As we neared the peak, the driver had to be a bit more careful as the wind really picked up. There is currently much construction going on at the top as they are completing the construction of the new visitors' center and now are working on making sure there is sufficient parking at the top. While the current construction is rather intrusive, it is easy to work around; not much anyone can do about it now. The drive down was nicer as it is easier to see the adjoining mountains and valleys around Pike's Peak. It is a definitive must do when in the Colorado Springs area. If you are going to make the drive, be sure to bring some warm clothes as the weather at the peak is drastically different (cold and windy); be sure also be bring plenty of patience for the drive!
Written August 30, 2021
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Boston, MA133 contributions
Drive up to the top today, the shuttle bus stopped for the season, all drivers can drive to the top and park there, we like to be able to drive up today. It is beautiful drive way with great scenery, the price is $15 each person or $50 per car, it might reduce a little bit traffic. Will recommend to visit to Pike’s Peak, it is very difficult as the road is excellent paved.
Written September 10, 2021
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Gordy H
Tampa, FL45 contributions
Family Trip to Colorado (since we couldn’t travel outside U.S.). Drove up to Pikes Peak for the day. Gorgeous drive. Highly recommend going early, weather tends to roll in in the early afternoon.
A bit of construction at the top, personal opinion no big deal, appears they are improving viewing decks and parking at the top.
The only reason I didn’t go five stars was this: the gift shop was pretty sparse. Not sure if it’s the craziness or if it’s early in the season. However, if you’re going to have a gift shop you should have it stocked.
On our way out two F16s gave us a fly by… which was awesome for the kids and others.
The drive down was uneventful… minus other drivers. If you’re going to drive up please learn how to use your transmission instead of your brakes. Thank goodness there is a place that you are stopped and your brakes temperature checked.
Overall… would absolutely go back up!
Written July 9, 2021
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Jessica B
Omaha, NE220 contributions
Pikes Peak is a good activity if you want to pay $15 a person for a great spot to have a picnic lunch. Great views, easy drive up. The ranger at the front explained the construction and how views are limited at the top right now. He also told us our dog would not be able to get to the top because its only accessible by shuttle around mile marker 16 so I appreciated the heads up. Go early or a weekday as lines to get in can be pretty long.
Written October 4, 2020
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