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“The Highway to Pikes Peak at 14,000 feet”

Pikes Peak - America's Mountain
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Cascade
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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.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“The Highway to Pikes Peak at 14,000 feet”
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
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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“Toll road up to Glen Cove and Pikes Peak”
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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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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32 reviews
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“Not for the faint of heart”
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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Cascade, Colorado
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“Pikes Peak or bust”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Be sure to check that the road is open to the top.
Also, be sure to bring warm clothes no matter what time of year you go. The assent to a 14 thousand foot mountain has many changes along the way-weather being one.
We took a picnic and stopped for pictures along the way. No problems and no traffic the day we went!

Visited March 2013
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“Better before they paved it but still great”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Driver has to pay attention to roadway but a great drive. Best in the summer. Temperature 40 degrees lower on top compared to bottom.

Visited September 2013
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