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Pikes Peak - America's Mountain
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Cascade
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The road isn't as scary as you think as long as you go slower! Beautiful scenery all the way up! Try and go in the morning hours to avoid the clouds.

Thank DonaM
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

I saw several reviews that actually caused me to think twice about doing this. I am glad I did not listen. The road would not be open to the public if it was that dangerous. Plain and simple. It is well worth the money to experience this amazing mountain. Pikes Peak is run by the city of Colorado Springs not the national park service so it is a bit more expensive. However, it is that money that allows them to maintain the roads so well almost year round.

Noteworthy Items:
Pack warm clothes. It was 32 degrees on June 2nd at the top.
Bring water and take your time walking around as you are very high up and will get sick. I saw several people in the cafe who were definitely experiencing some altitude sickness.
Get Donuts at the top whether you eat sweets or not. (They are tasty)
Stop whether the ranger says you need to or not to walk around and check out the little shop at the brake check point.
Stop at several of the pull out areas to get used to the altitude and to do some exploring.

If you have time, I highly recommend hiking the mountain. It takes about eight hours but well worth it. Albeit sans kiddos.

Thank davidi92
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is hands-down the most hair-raising drive I have ever made. Once you get past the timberline, go slow. You can't see anything but open sky past the edge of the road.

We were the 10th car in line when the gate opened. Traffic is much lighter first thing in the morning and you'll get better photos in the morning light.

Tip: Black and White photos really show off the textures of the mountain.

On your way in, listen to what the ranger says. They know what they're talking about. Follow the speed limit signs, put your car in a low gear and take your time.

At the top, drink LOTS of water! The air is much thinner and you'll get light-headed if you don't.

The donuts and coffee at the top are very tasty. Donuts have a delicious walnut flavor that beats the heck out of Krispy Kreme.

Remember it's much colder at the top. Take a windbreaker. There's a weather report on the Pikes Peak website.

Be sure and take advantage of the many scenic overlooks. Take your time on the way up and down. You will be rewarded.

We opted to drive instead of taking the Con Rail. It was less expensive, we could bring what we wanted and we were on our own schedule. The train folks only got to stay a short while before being herded back into the rail car.

Yes, the drive was terrifying, but it's the way to go if you really want to experience Pikes Peak.

Thank Drew H
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

This is an amazing feat of engineering, and beautiful. It is well worth the cost and time, with stunning views along the drive. Be aware, however, that if you have just flown into Colorado from a lower altitude, you should wait to do this. My wife got sick, due to the change in altitude. If you have just flown into either Denver or Colorado Springs, give yourself a day or two to acclimate before you head up here.

Thank WI_Traveller
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

This was my favorite experience in Colorado.Even though the drive gets intense after about 6 miles up, it is so worth it.The views are breathtaking.Take water with you and rest because the air is thin at 14,112 feet altitude.I would do it again in a minute.I didn't know the this mountain inspired the song "America the Beautiful". The donuts were just alright at the top.They also offer a train ride up for people that are scared to drive it.The road is in very good condition,but few guardrails.

Thank gbarn89624
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