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“In the clouds”
Review of Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: There are many things to see and do on our mountain including experiencing spectacular views as you ascend to 14,115 feet, encounter Mother Nature on our hiking trails or watch for wildlife such as deer, elk, bighorn sheep or yellow-bellied marmots. You may even spot the elusive Bigfoot during your visit. The 19 mile journey on the fully paved road to the summit begins in Cascade, Colorado, just 15 minutes west of downtown Colorado Springs. From the entrance, at an altitude of 7,800 feet (2377m) begin to explore the Pike National Forest and the natural beauty of Colorado.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 April 17, 2014

It is a beautiful drive up. You have the option to bike down, as well as take the Cog Railway or hike up or down. The views are stunning. Be sure to bring a warm jacket and wear pants because it is likely to be snowing at the peak, even on the warmest day of the year. There is a gift shop at the top where you can get fresh doughnuts and hot drinks. Drink plenty of water if you are prone to altitude sickness. You will be above the treeline where there isn't enough oxygen for them to grow.

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Reviewed April 16, 2014

It's better to drive up Pikes Peak if you're pressed for time. But either the drive or cog railway have stunning scenery with incredible views from the top of Pikes Peak on a clear day. It's usually cool and windy at the top, but the coffee and donuts will warm you up. Remember, it's over 14,000 feet high, so think twice about going if you have breathing problems, and don't stay too long at that altitude - 30 minutes is long enough. Great photo opps both close up and distance. A definite must see if you visit Colorado Springs.

2  Thank Barbara2Two
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Road to the top is open only spring, summer and fall. It is well worth the drive though the road can be a bit concerning. Limited number of guard rails but there is a café at the top for lunch. Take a jacket as even in the summer it can be cool at 14,000 ft. Go slow coming down...there are brake check points on the way down for overheated brakes. It will be a drive to remember and fun. You can hike the 13 miles up on Barr Trail which I have done 6 times and it is great but you had better be in pretty fair shape. There is a small store about halfway up for a limited amount of supplies with overnight camping areas.You can also take the cog railroad up which is very nice to do also. For those that really want a challenge there is the "incline" .... ask around Manitou Springs for entrance to this area. Fastest my friend did it was 27 minutes and it is like straight up a long staircase of steps. If you drive there is a number of great, stocked fishing lakes a few miles up the road...take a pole.

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Reviewed April 16, 2014

It makes not difference how you arrive at Pikes Peak, the scenery is awesome! It is inspirational! I highly recommend that you visit this natural wonder.

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Reviewed April 15, 2014

We make this drive a couple of times a year when we have out of town guests, always calling first in the winter and early spring months to make sure the road is open to the top. As others have written, the drive up and down is nit for the faint of heart, even with upgrades to road conditions. The reality is, one in traversing a huge mountain, so the twists, turns, and sheer drop-offs are there. One things we have learned to do even though we don't need directions to the top is to use our GPS for the hair pin turns it will display.

It is really neat to see the terrain changing the further up one drives, until the point where there are no more trees and one is above the treetops and at some point, the clouds, depending on the time of year.

The gift shop is touristy, but has a decent eatery, an interesting history area, and the typical touristy items to purchase. There's also a halfway stop with a small gift shop.

One thing we've learned is to carry bottled water, have our guests well hydrated, have them move at the summit at a casual, unhurried pace (oxygen is THIN), and we don't usually stay up more than 20 minutes or so. The drive time is about an hour or so, depending on road and weather conditions.

Pike's Peak is a must do if at all possible when you are in/around Colorado Springs!

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