Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs

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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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  • August 14, 2017
    Did a partial drive up the mountain early evening. Saw deer and beautiful scenery. If you want to ride the railroad make reservations. None were available the whole week we were there.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Worth every butt-puckering, hair-raising hairpin turn to get to the top! The history! The scenery! The engineering feat to carve this road all the way to the top! Incredible! Do NOT pass up this trip!  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    What a great experience. The ride up was approximately 90 minutes. 30'minutes on the summit and the 90 minutes down. We saw several waterfalls, an open cut gold mine that roughly mines $1,000,000 of g...  more »

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