Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, Cascade

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#3 of 25 in Outdoors in El Paso County
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  • We recently enjoyed our winter drive to the top of Pikes Peak. You will not find much snow, but you will find a beautiful drive with wonderful vistas. The entrance fee pays for a well maintained road ...  more »
  • After having seen many of the Pikes Peak races on TV, actually driving it myself was fantastic ! Regardless of the temperature at the base of the mountain, it is going to be cold at the top, and so it...  more »
  • With family in town for the holidays, we decided to drive up to the top of Pikes Peak. The fee for a car load of 5 is $35 with $7 added for each additional person. The ride to the top is 19 miles and ...  more »
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  • Very nice views of Colorado, somewhat expensive to drive up, but cheaper than taking the COG railway. If taken slow it can be very enjoyable and not put extra damage on your car. Be in mind that it can take 45 minutes each way, up and then down, to drive in your own vehicle. This also uses about 80 miles worth of fuel, bring at least half a tank of fuel with you. I've driven up Pikes Peak 4 times now, twice in winter, which they keep the roads nice and clear. I'd also recommend going on a clear day without expected storms or clouds, this will make it the most enjoyable once you reach the top. Remember that it's about 30 degrees F colder on top of pikes peak in comparison to Manitou Springs, dress or bring extra clothes accordingly. I recommend going slow on the way down taking some stops along the way for photos and to enjoy the scenic views, thus allowing your car's engine and brakes to cool off to help prevent over heating and extra wear. Bring lots of water and stay hydrated if your not a Colorado resident or high altitude living resident. This will help prevent becoming light headed, or at least reduce the effects of high altitude, which are inevitable.
  • A lovely place where we can have a bird's eye view of the Colorado Springs. A beautiful attraction. The submit is at an elevation of 14,115 feet and it's beauty is mesmerizing. It's always windy up there. So, go there with jackets, hats and gloves. You will really need them. Some people get altitude sickness, so drink a lot of water and you will be fine. There is a general store and food is also available. The Donuts here are delicious. You will always have hot food and drinks available inside the store. Restrooms are also available. It's a beautiful place to visit.
  • A worth while trip! I've been up there several times taking visitors up. The view is amazing unless it's socked in with clouds. If you are a timid driver you might find the road a bit scary. I love driving up there.
  • Driving up to the summit is BY FAR the best option! There are so many places to stop and take pictures or venture out for a short hike. I would, however, recommend driving to the top first, and then stopping on the trip down. You'll have to make frequent stops on the way down anyway to give your breaks some rest. Also, be sure to check with the entrance to see if the road is open all the way to the top.
  • $15 per person traveling on the vehicle seems a little steep. However, it's very scenic and very educational. You can easily see different elevation ecosystems. But I would still pay the price. Goes to a great cause, run by the Forestry service but I sense some distaste by the locals, because the city of Colorado Springs owns it. Recommend going early, we started a little late and reached the summit with only minutes to spare before having to head back down. Breathtaking views.

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