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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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  • Went to Pikes Peak via the Cog rail which made it a lot of fun. It was cold when we got to 14,110 ft but the views are simply spectacular! 
  • I always bring visitors to Colorado Springs to see Pikes Peak. There is a fee for driving up (recommended) or there is always the cog railway if you'd rather not take a car. A few cautions: If your ca...  more »
  • Wow, prepare to be scared out of your wits. Hardly any guard rails, and steep drop offs just feet away from your car... My wife and kids were ready to turn around at mile 5, but I paid $40 to get on t...  more »
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  • Breath-taking in an understatement (thin air joke there). The views from the edge are the best. The drive up was so beautiful, and do stop at the park midway up. If you do drive, be sure to follow the breaking suggestions because if your breaks are too hot they will force you to pull over until they cool off. You won't like that force, but it really is for your own safety and more importantly the safety of others.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.