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Pikes Peak
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: There are many things to see and do on our mountain including experiencing spectacular views as you ascend to 14,115 feet, encounter Mother Nature on our hiking trails or watch for wildlife such as deer, elk, bighorn sheep or yellow-bellied marmots. You may even spot the elusive Bigfoot during your visit. The 19 mile journey on the fully paved road to the summit begins in Cascade, Colorado, just 15 minutes west of downtown Colorado Springs. From the entrance, at an altitude of 7,800 feet (2377m) begin to explore the Pike National Forest and the natural beauty of Colorado.Along the way, you'll discover the North Slope Recreation Area, Crystal Reservoir Gift Shop, Historic Glen Cove Inn, and the Summit House. There are three lakes for fishing, picnic areas, hiking trails, and breathtaking views. Stop and watch one of our "Meet the Ranger" Interpretive Programs and learn about the history, myths, flora and fauna on the mountain. All offer visitor services and basic necessities to make your day both enjoyable and memorable.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been doing Pikes Peak for many years and I love it. It is a great drive, but I hear that many people are scared to drive to the peak.

Thank Rob B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

14000 ft is high when you're trying to walk and breath. Was a little dizzy.
The car ride to 12000 was crazy intense! No real shoulder of the road so being a passenger is nauseating but so cool!
On the way up it didn't help ease tension when we were in a tornado watch and the radio would play the sound of the Purge movie!!! Funny now.

There are outhouses at 12000 ft. Whew.
Make sure to take a little hike at 12000 ft.

We took the shuttle ther rest of the way. The driver "joe" was awesome and so funny!

There was one car that was practicing for the big race next weekend and it hit a huge stone block on the side and almost went off the mountain. Geez.
The record for racing up the mountain is 8min... keep that on mind when you're telling your husband to go slower around those curves!!!

Oh... and careful anything you have in the car. Water bottles were leaking, chips were about to explode ...and a yogourt did explode!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has been a huge draw for travelers from around the world for the better part of a century. If you're visiting Colorado Springs, do you best to get to the top, but be prepared for literally any kind of weather any time of year. For the summer of 2018, things have gotten more difficult as the Cog Railway is not running (nor do we know if it ever will again) and traffic to the top is very limited while a new summit visitors center is built and construction takes up all the parking. If you're fit and have all day, make the grueling but rewarding 12 mile/8,000 ft climb up the Barr Trail.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went first thing in the morning. The skies were truly blue and it was a beautiful morning. The view at the top is well worth the trip. This was never on my bucket list, but my husband and I are sure glad we did this. We traveled with our friends to Colorado Springs to visit their daughter. I told them to just take us to some nice places. We drove up most of the way, then we parked and got on a shuttle the rest of the way. The railway is closed and probably won't reopen. My husband and friends did have a hard time breathing HOWEVER. I did not. We were a little concerned about me because I had brain damage a few years ago. After driving back down, the clouds rolled in and our view would of been different.

Thank lisara
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So cool seeing the Pikes Peak emblazoned hay bales along the course. Take your time to stop along the way and enjoy the views. And of course, the donuts at the top are very special!

Thank Gary B
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