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“Some great views!”
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 July 12, 2016

The day we went, the top was totally socked in with clouds and sleet. We were warned at the gate where you pay that it was possible we would be turned around if conditions worsened, but we got all the way up.
I've been abover 10 or 11,0000 feet before, but this was the first time I experienced some altitude effects. The drive up was scenic, but cloudy. It was cool passing the tree line and seeing other sights along the way, but the last 5000 feet were in the clouds. The road edge looked like it was just the end of the world. I thought it was cool but some were nervous.
At the top, we exited the car and that was when I felt light-headed. Nothing serious, but all in our group felt it. We went inside which was very crowded and offered the typical tourist souvenir items. We just looked around and since you couldn't even see more than 100 yards, we headed back down. After a few thousand feet, it started to clear and we had awesome views so pulled over at a couple of places to take pictures and explore a bit more. That made it worth it.
Plan on a couple hours at least. The drive up and down is slow. We managed to get behind someone going half the speed limit on the way up. Stick to the speed limit though as it could be slippery. On the way down, they check your brake temperature and have you pull over for a 15 cool down if your brakes are too hot.
If you're visiting and have time, this is a stop that you probably want to make just to say you did, but if you're short of time and can only do one stop in the Colorado Springs area, I recommend Garden of the Gods.

Thank Dave C
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Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

The drive up is nice. We didn't go into the park itself because we only wanted to drive through. It was pretty expensive like 35$ for 3 of us, so we turned around. Too much just to take a drive through.

Thank Tammy M
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Reviewed July 11, 2016

Family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children, ages 8-12)) visited this location last week...Fun for all! The views were amazing the entire drive up and down the mountain! A must see!

Thank daniellelE2483XN
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Reviewed July 11, 2016

The trip up is very informative. It's a comfortable ride. You see the changing vista from your seat. The windows are large and clear. Plenty of chances for great pictures. Once on top you have enough tie to soakin the magical views from different vantage points.

Thank Ilse1959
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Reviewed July 11, 2016

Visiting Pikes Peak has been on my bucket list since I was little. It was just great. It's a place you should visit at least once. Took the Cog Railroad to the top. Didn't want to drive. Trip up was really great. Scenery was beautiful. Saw herd of Bighorn Sheep, some deer including a fawn, a bear and a marmot. When you get to the top you have to go inside and have the donuts - they're wonderful.

Thank John B
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