About Pikes Peak

14,115 feet of beauty, right in our backyard

Pikes Peak- America's Mountain

Pikes Peak, located in the Rocky Mountains, is one of the most famous summits in the United States. The 14,115 ft fourteener—a mountain exceeding 14,000 ft above sea level—stands 8,000 ft high over what is known as the “Pikes Peak region.” This region includes many popular mountain towns at its base such as Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Cripple Creek, and Cañon City.

The discovery of Pikes Peak dates back to the early 1700’s but wasn’t called Pikes Peak until an expedition led by explorer Zebulon Pike, whom the mountain was later named for. Unfortunately for Pike, he was unable to reach the summit. Since this failed attempt, explorers and travelers alike have made the same journey. Popular routes up Pikes Peak include hiking up Barr Trail, driving via Pikes Peak Highway, or taking a ride up the Broadmoor’s Pikes Peak Cog Railway. For the real adventure-seeker, you could combine the Cog Railway and bike down with Challenge Unlimited- Pikes Peak by Bike.

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Pikes Peak is close to everything!

  • 11 Miles

    Colorado Springs

    The second-largest city in Colorado, Colorado Springs has TONS to see and do including the top park in the United States, Garden of the Gods!

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  • 5.6 Miles

    Manitou Springs

    At the foot of Pikes Peak, Manitou Springs hosts some of the best places to eat, shop, dine and stay! Extend your trip and stay in this quaint mountain town!

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  • 9 Miles

    Old Colorado City

    Where can you score some of the best shopping and dining in Colorado Springs? Check out Old Colorado City, a great area for a bite and a beverage!

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  • Cripple Creek

    West of Pikes Peak lies the mining town of Cripple Creek. With a rich history and several fun things to do, Cripple Creek is a great day trip.

    Cripple Creek Info »
  • 76 Miles


    Just a short 1-hour drive South of Denver, Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs has tons to see and do! It's a perfect day trip or long weekend for you and your family!

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  • 55 miles

    Canon City Colorado

    From amazing views at the Royal Gorge Bridge to the best whitewater rafting in Colorado, Canon City is a short yet beautiful drive for amazing family fun!

    Canon City Colorado Info »

Top Ways to Explore Pikes Peak

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  1. Drive a Car

    Take the 19-mile journey in the comfort of your own vehicle to the clouds! The Pikes Peak Highway climbs more than 6,000 feet in elevation from start to finish!

  2. Take a Train

    It's the most popular way to climb over 14,000 feet while sitting down! The Broadmoor's Pikes Peak Cog Railway is a 3.5 hour round-trip journey with sights you simply can't get anywhere else!

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    Ride a Bike

    Bicycle down Pikes Peak with a trusted tour company or ride your bike to the top on the Pikes Peak Highway.

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    Hike It

    Pikes Peak offers miles of hiking, everything from gentle strolls to summiting the 14,000 ft peak.

Pikes Peak FAQs

Can I go up Pikes Peak Highway any time of the day?

If you're driving up Pikes Peak Highway, they observe seasonal hours. The Cog operates all year long, however hours are subject to change in the winter due to weather. Hours can be found here.

Are there any activities once I get to the summit?

There are many activities to enjoy once you reach the summit. The Pikes Peak Summit House Restaurant offers food, Pikes Peak gifts and merchandise, an observatory deck and much more!

How scary is the drive?

The highway’s width is the same as a regular highway. The average grade is 7% with some grades up to 13%. There are guardrails everywhere they are needed. That does not mean there are guardrails everywhere. When driving, stay between the painted lines and do not cross the center double yellow line. For those afraid of heights, especially above timberline, may stay at Glen Cove Inn, a visitor center, gift shop and grill while the rest of the group goes to the top.

Do I need 4-Wheel drive vehicle or chains?

The road conditions must be safe for a two wheel drive vehicle before we open it. We are open to the highest elevation possible with safe driving conditions every day.

Where do I catch the train?

The Pikes Peak Cog Railway is located in Manitou Springs, CO. on Ruxton Ave.

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