About Pikes Peak



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.

Pikes Peak By the Numbers

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Official elevation of Pikes Peak
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Altitude gain of the Manitou Incline in 3/4 of a mile.
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Difference between the top and base of the mountain

Pikes Peak is close to everything


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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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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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.

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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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Canon City

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!

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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!

  • 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!

  • Ride a bike

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

  • Hike it

    Pikes Peak offers miles of hiking, everything from gentle strolls to summiting the 14,115 ft peak.



We recommend you make reservations for Broadmoor’s Pikes Peak Cog Railway, but everything else is show and go!
Budget at least three hours to drive the highway or take the train. Biking down the Peak is approximately 6 hours, and hiking the Peak is anywhere from 8 hours to 2 days, depending on fitness level.
Pikes Peak is one of the more difficult fourteeners to climb in Colorado. We recommend at least 2 gallons of water per person, heavy duty hiking boots, plenty of food, and lots of layers of clothing.
The summit of Pikes Peak is typically 30-40 degrees colder than it is at the base.
Be sure to drink lots of water, and even start a couple of days ahead of time. Dehydration is the leading component of altitude sickness.
The highway is open year around, depending on weather. We recommend you call 719-385-7325 for road conditions before heading out for the day.
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