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, during 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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Bike DOWN (take the Cog up) with Challenge Unlimited.
Taking the Broadmoor's Pikes Peak Cog Railway to the summit of Pikes Peak is an easy and FUN way to climb 14,115 feet.
From interactive mining displays like this one to fishing at Crystal Reservoir, there's a lot for little ones on Pikes Peak!
Sure, you can overlook Colorado Springs and Garden of the Gods, but what about literally seeing to Kansas from the middle of Colorado?
Bicycle rider on the south slope of Pikes Peak
Wind up to the Summit on the Broadmoor's Pikes Peak Cog Railway (do you see the train in this picture?).
From Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep to these Yellow-Bellied Marmots, there's an abundance of life at 14,000 feet!
Couple overlooking Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak
Bike down and enjoy the beautiful scenery
Grab the best gifts at one of the many gift shops.
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!
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!
Bicycle down Pikes Peak with a trusted tour company or ride your bike to the top on the Pikes Peak Highway.
Pikes Peak offers miles of hiking, everything from gentle strolls to summiting the 14,000 ft peak.
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!
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.
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.
The Pikes Peak Cog Railway is located in Manitou Springs, CO. on Ruxton Ave.
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