At 14,115 feet, Pikes Peak Mountain is America’s Mountain. Take the 19-mile highway to the clouds to explore Colorado’s most famous mountain.
Grab your family and bring your own car to take this 19-mile scenic journey above the clouds! The safe, scenic highway provides you the opportunity to enjoy Pikes Peak Mountain and the Pikes Peak Highway at your leisure. From the gateway at an elevation of 7,400 feet, you’ll encounter some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world as you wind your way through an alpine wonderland of scenic beauty, mountain reservoirs, beyond timberline, overtaking the clouds…all along the way to the 14,115 foot summit of America’s most famous mountain.
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.
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Experience the most famous Pikes Peak 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 Mountain 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.
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!
The Pikes Peak Highway entrance is conveniently located 15 minutes west of Colorado Springs on Highway 24. The beauty of being so close to the city is that you can spend your time enjoying the mountain instead of getting to the mountains. Plan for your round trip journey to the summit to take 2-3 hours.
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