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. Using our online itinerary creator, Colorado Springs attractions like Pikes Peak can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Yes, you have to pay to get into the park. Yes, the drive to the top can be a bit scary (even if you are the passenger). But...it's worth it! Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to see gorgeous...  more »
  • Made my return to the Peak as an adult. The sights really brought back memories I had forgot. The drive can be white knuckle at times for those with height issues, especially once your past the tree l...  more »
  • Pikes Peak was a challenge but it’s a must do if you haven’t done it. Beginning the road the temperature was about 80 degrees, at the summit is was in the 50's brrrr! The road costs a few to go up don...  more »
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  • Such an amazing drive up. You drive up a path cut into the side of the mountain with absolutely amazing views the entire way up! And once you reach the top it's the view of a lifetime! I would recommend EVERYONE take this drive if they have the opportunity, well worth it. Can't wait to go to the top again.
  • This was our dream of a lifetime driving up to the summit, it was spectacular. You drive up on the well maintained Pikes Peak Toll Road and the beautiful views are awesome. The last 13 Miles of the road are also used for the annual vehicle race to the summit, they are crazy. But, then you learn that they also run a marathon up and down from the 14,115 foot summit, those people must be incredibly fit. Once you get to the top you'll understand why it was the inspiration for Katherine Lee Bates "America the Beautiful". The views are stunning, breathtaking (although the altitude may be another reason that takes your breath away...) and incredible. You'll find that nature tries to grow and take root, there are some neat tough and delicate plants. Fun Fact: In 2002 it was discovered by the USGS that there was an error in the cartographic accuracy of Colorado's height and it varied throughout and Pikes Peak grew from 14,110' to 14,115'. But, you can find souvenirs with both heights when you're in the store. The answer was they got better when measuring. We want to go back just to take the Cog Railway and experience the tales that we heard from other visitors. You really need to enjoy this place in person you'll be glad you did.
  • A great place to visit. The views from up here are spectacular and expansive. The mountain is a little over commercialized, but its nice to have a place to buy souvenirs, food and use the restroom. Driving up can be kinda scary because of all the sharp drop offs. It's easy to get altitude sickness driving up too which I noticed happening to quite a few people.
  • Breathtaking views....literally. Olympic wrestlers hike up n down the mountain. High altitude donuts n coffee/ hot chocolate at summit. Make sure your car is ready. Need 1/2 tank of gas..Bring warm clothes
  • Excellent views of the world. If you look out, you can see the Earth curve in the distance. The drive up is scary. However, even if one is mortified of heights, this experience is breathtaking enough to be worth it. In conclusion, if you are ever in the area and are in need of a good time, come here.
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