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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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  • Heck of a drive up, scenic as can be. You can't miss the Pikes Peak Hillclimb at least once in your life. Not for those needing oxygen, though.  more »
  • I was amazed by the temp drop as elevation increased. 38deg at the bottom and 5 deg at mile 13. Awesome views, fun drive.  more »
  • Pikes Peak is a pretty easy drive up. The road is wide and well marked. Down though needs to be managed. No riding the breaks! You'll burn up the breaks for sure. Down shift, and use 4wd low if you ca...  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.