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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  • Have been to the top of Pikes Peak several times! It is so awesome. The views all around are just breathtaking. We always drive to the top as its a very good paved road and the views around each curve...  more »
  • DO NOT miss!! We drove up to the summit. The ride is a little hair raising and I had some white knuckles but SO worth it. I consider myself relatively fit but I did get a bit light headed at the summi...  more »
  • Visited on a sunny clear day and could see 360 degree views. Donuts did not disappoint. Stunning! Nice gift shop and food available.  more »
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  • Amazing spot. We did the drive up and though it was 97 degrees in CS, it was only 55 degrees at the summit. The drive was beautiful and was really worth it. The food at the restaurant wasn't all that great, but the views from the top and along the way were stunning. Highly recommend.
  • This is one of the most awe-inspiring places in the USA, it seems you can see forever. There are lots of places to pull over and enjoy God's creation. In 2010, the road at the highest elevations was dirt, but well maintained. The gift shop at the summit was very nice. Going down, there is a check point so they can check your brakes. The attendant was very polite. He said that he knew I was from the East without looking at my license tag, because I did not know how to drive down this mountain (I thought I was doing well!) We had to pull over for 20 minutes to let the brakes cool before we could continue the rest of the journey down the mountain. Don't miss this adventure when visiting Colorado!
  • Over 14000 feet above sea level, it can be sleeting in mid-summer, offer breath-taking views on a clear sunny day, and is worth the trip to the top anytime you can make it. Take the cog train, hike the Barr trail, or just drive up and enjoy your time here. But make sure to check out the donuts in the Summit House shop.
  • Very good experience both by train and by road. It was raining heavily when we were driving and it is very scary. Enjoyed the train ride too. Very good views from the top. Never been here in winter but would love too.
  • Well worth the drive, breathtaking views. Dress warm! It's cold up there. Gift shop and hot cocoa up top. Bathrooms Midway with a gift shop as well.

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