Adult: $15 | Child (6-15): $5 | Carload up to 5 people: $50


Friday before Memorial Day to Labor Day : 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Daily
Last entry: 6 p.m.

Tuesday after Labor Day to Sep 30: 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Daily
Last entry: 5 p.m.

Oct 1 to Thursday before Memorial Day: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Daily
Last entry: 3 p.m.*

*Please note that weather conditions determine if the Pikes Peak summit is open, call and check for conditions ahead of time

Average Time

2 to 3 hours, round trip

Exertion Level


As one of the most visited mountains on the planet, Pikes Peak stands tall as far more than just a majestic Colorado 14er. After all, few places in the world that are so grand in scale are also accessible to be experienced first-hand by people of all ages and abilities. If you are looking for things to do around Denver or Colorado Springs, a trip to the summit of Pikes Peak is definitely worth your time.

The safe and scenic Pikes Peak Highway provides you the opportunity to enjoy 19 miles of mountain terrain, with frequent pull-offs for you to get out, stretch your legs and explore all that America’s Mountain has to offer. You’ll be treated to breathtaking views, four different Colorado life zones and unique animal sightings, like the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, yellow-bellied marmots and (rumored) Big Foot. The grandeur of the mountain often piques the curiosity of visitors, and the “Meet the Ranger” program is the perfect place to learn first-hand about Pikes Peak’s history, geology, nature, wildlife, and events. With so much to do, it’s no wonder Pikes Peak is one of the top Colorado attractions.

Along the way, you’ll also discover the North Slope Recreation Area, where licensed fisherman can try their luck for elusive trout in three different lakes (May-Oct.) and adventure-seekers can hike and bike on nearby trails. Crystal Reservoir Gift Shop and the Historic Glen Cove Inn are also can’t-miss stops on your journey to the top.

From May 24th to September 15th, at Mile 7, 13, and 16, you’ll find ample parking and free, frequent shuttles that depart from Devils Playground every five minutes to take visitors to the summit while the highly anticipated new Summit House is built. Don’t worry, though. The current Summit House is still open for business, with its world famous hot and fresh donuts served daily, hot coffee, flavorful fudge and a variety of cool gifts available for you to commemorate your 14,115-foot climb.

From the summit’s various viewing areas, you’ll absolutely want to snap photos of Pikes Peak’s incredible scenery. On the clearest days, you can see five states (Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Kansas) and even the curvature of the earth fading into the distance.

Pikes Peak is truly one of the best places to visit in Colorado. Discover for yourself the mountain that inspired the song “America the Beautiful” and that attracts thousands of visitors each year to its breathtaking summit!


14,115ft Above Ordinary

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