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Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs

Categories: Scenic Drives, Biking Trails, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots, Outdoor Activities
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On the front range of the Rocky Mountains, the Arapaho name for Pikes Peak is heey-otoyoo. The peak is one of Colorado's 53 fourteeners--mountains that stand more than 4,300 m (14,000 ft) tall. Visitor centers are located at 9.7 km (6 mi), 19.3 km (12 mi), and the peak's summit. These offer information, gift shops, and restaurants. To get to the summit, travel by car or train. The attraction's highway is notable for its dangerous twists and turns, as well as its unpaved, winding ascent on the last push up to the peak--but experienced drivers will enjoy the challenge. Or consider a ride on the Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway, which takes you to the summit on a historical set of tracks. Put Pikes Peak at the forefront of your travel plans using our Colorado Springs itinerary maker.
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  • Took the Cogs Railway up and back. Must make reservations early. Was cold at the top but well worth it. Breathtaking scenery. 
  • I'm extremely afraid of heights but continue to challenge myself to overcome this fear. This takes it too a new level. We didn't make it all the way to the Summit of Pikes Peak but close. The height g...  read more »
  • The drive is great. They wont let you go up after 230 or 3 and even then encourage you to not loiter on your way up as the top closes at 4pm. I went straight up and really enjoyed it. Please don't dri...  read more »
  • Beautiful mountain that's a must-do if you're in the area. If you aren't accustomed to hiking at 10000+ feet I would suggest driving up, as altitude sickness for unacclimated folks is a serious problem. Make sure you know what the signs and symptoms are before you go up, and hydrate a ton the day before and day of. While highly unlikely at 14000 feet, cerebral and pulmonary edema can be deadly. Regardless, it's a great view, and be aware that it gets chilly, even in the summer. Expect temps at least 10 degrees cooler, and more wind. Be careful on the drive up, and take in the views at the top and various pull-offs!
  • Absolutely gorgeous summit. Hike up the Barr Trail for the true experience! Not for the faint of heart - 10 miles and over 7000' of elevation gain. Absolutely worth it.
  • As a life-long east coaster, the elevation change definitely left me feeling light-headed. It didn't hurt, but I definitely felt like I wasn't all there. Fun with Oxygen deprivation! The views from the top were awesome though, and the gift shop/restaurants were cool.
  • Breathtaking views from the pinnacle of this 14k+ foot peak. Be aware that the altitude can be troublesome to many visitors, and if you are driving up the highway know how to drive on steep unpaved roads without burning up transmissions and brakes.
  • Absolutely breath taking views, and a fun drive to the summit. The doughnuts in the gift shop are phenomenal as well.
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