At 14,115 feet, Pikes Peak is America’s Mountain. Take the 19-mile highway to the clouds to explore Colorado’s most famous mountain.
Experience the most famous mountain in Colorado and the United States! Home to the 19-mile Pikes Peak Highway, Colorado’s 31st highest peak is more famous than all the rest with over 500,000 people going to the summit each year!
With four distinct and very different ways to experience America’s Mountain, you’ll be in for a different experience each time!
Travel by car:
At 19-miles, the Pikes Peak Highway isn’t long by any means, but the views will have you seeing well into Kansas or the vast expanse of the Western Colorado mountains. The air is thin and the journey is at your own pace, in the comfort of your own vehicle. The road is paved all the way to the summit with safety checkpoints along the way to help you stay safe. Open year-round, weather permitting, this is by far the most popular way to travel to the summit of a 14,115 foot mountain.
Travel by hike:
Each year, hundreds of crazy-in-shape people run up Barr Trail for the Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent. They can get to the top and back down in no time flat. We’re not encouraging you to do that, but the ability to hike to the top of Pikes Peak is truly a fun and amazing feat, even if there isn’t any oxygen at the top. It’s a hard enough trail to take up a day, yet not challenging that you’ll need to pack oxygen bottles. The 13-mile trail begins in Manitou Springs near the Cog Railway.
Travel by train:
Second only to traveling by car, the Pikes Peak Cog Railway is a fantastic opportunity to see views only reserved for train guest and bighorn sheep! The 8.9 Mile trip to the summit includes grades at times of over 26%! The journey takes about three hours round trip and you can find more information here.
Travel by bike:
For the ultimate family adventure, combine three great opportunities in one! You and your family can either take the Cog Railway or van to the top of Pikes Peak and then ride one of Challenge Unlimited’s mountain bikes down. Experience the thrill of a controlled descent!
The North Slope Recreation Area is a great area to get out and stretch your legs while looking at the spectacular views of Pikes Peak. The area includes fishing, belly boating, a gift shop with snacks, and several trails for exploring Pike National Forest before trekking up to the summit.
It may sound simple, but there’s something about the world famous Pikes Peak Donuts that you and your family simply MUST try on your next vacation. They’re only good at 14,115 feet, at the Summit, so don’t try to save them for your friends at home. They simply aren’t the same!
While you’re at the Summit House, check out their high-altitude merchandise. Any purchase become a high-altitude good to remember your journey to the clouds!
Pikes Peak also has great mountain biking and picnic areas, so set aside a half-a-day to really enjoy the beautiful landmark that makes this the Pikes Peak Region!