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 Pikes Peak Cog Railway (Closed for 2018). For the real adventure-seeker, you could combine the Cog Railway and bike down with Challenge Unlimited- Pikes Peak by Bike.
Pikes Peak By the Numbers
Pikes Peak is close to everything
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Top ways to explore Pikes Peak
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!
Ride a bike
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 14,115 ft peak.
Free Vacation Planner
Build the trip that’s just right for you – get our 2017 2017 Vacation Planner for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. Find the best attractions, save money, and plan your perfect getaway. From activities to restaurants, shops to hotels, we give you the locals’ favorites.