Pikes Peak Tour by Gray Line
Adults: $69.50 | 12 & under: $39.50
Updated with current COVID info
Closed at this time.
The purple mountain majesties surrounding Colorado Springs are stunning to observe, with Pikes Peak — America’s Mountain as the shining jewel in the center of their panoramic crown. If you’ve been searching for a way to tour the Pikes Peak Highway without your eyes glued to the road and your knuckles gripping the steering wheel, we have has just the ticket! With the Pikes Peak Tour by Gray LineExperience, you can leave the driving to the experts and summit the awe-inspiring fourteener from the comfort of cozy seats in a roomy, temperature-controlled tour coach.
While many tours may rush you to and from your destination, Gray Line Tours — which has a 42-year history of showing visitors the beauty of Colorado — makes your Pikes Peak tour a leisurely adventure. During the tour’s four-hour span, you’ll make frequent stops at locations such as Crystal Reservoir, historic Glen Cove, the coveted summit of Pikes Peak and many other points of interest. Not only do these stops allow you lots of opportunities to snap shots of the amazing scenery, they also help you adapt to the altitude in a way that zipping straight to the top will not. Wide windows allow for maximum oohing and aahing when you’re in the tour bus, ensuring you won’t miss a minute of the sights that abound on Pikes Peak.
No tour of Pikes Peak is complete without a great guide, and the drivers and tour guides at Gray Line strike the perfect balance of knowledge, friendliness and humor that is anything but stuffy or boring. It’s more like a casual conversation between friends — which is exactly how it should be! By the time you’ve finished the journey, you’ll know everything about the flora and fauna of the Pikes Peak region, from the pines and columbines, to the big horn sheep and yellow-bellied marmots. You’ll also learn about the geology of the mountain and its history.
You’ll definitely be able to focus on the sights and sounds stress-free because Gray Line drivers are second to none, with safety as their primary focus at all times. No one knows the switchbacks, hairpin turns and inclement weather conditions better — after all, Gray Line vehicles climb Pikes Peak as many as four times a day in the summer, not to mention daily tours in the fall, winter and spring. In short, their drivers know the Pikes Peak Highway like it’s the road home and they’ll make you feel safe and secure throughout the journey.
Once you hit the top of Pikes Peak, you’ll be able to explore the summit for 30-40 minutes. Take photos, peek over the rocks and edges and make a stop in the Summit House. Inside are snacks and more filling fare, including burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches. You can also get fresh-made fudge (get extra for the ride back). Since it’s usually chilly at the summit, a cup of hot cocoa or coffee can warm you right up, especially paired with Pikes Peak’s world-famous fresh and hot donuts. They’re made with a special recipe that allows them to be at peak fluffy goodness.
Your trip back to the Pikes Peak Tour by Gray Line basecamp in downtown Colorado Springs (close to the site of the United States Olympic Museum that is currently under construction) will be just as relaxing and filled with beautiful sights as your trip up the Pikes Peak Highway.
If you are searching for the ultimate Pikes Peak tour experience, Pikes Peak Tour by Gray Line delivers like no other. All you have to do is board the shuttle and they’ll do the rest. Make their Pikes Peak Experience Tour a top priority on your visit to Colorado Springs — you will be so glad you did!
Pikes Peak Tours by Gray Line depart from their Depot Gift Shop at 30 S Sierra Madre: Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
Yes. They have a large parking lot in front of their Gift Shop.
Yes! The tour is educational and fun for the whole family!
Following guidelines set forth by the state and local health departments, Gray Line has removed the windows from their shuttles this year to increase ventilation. Passengers have loved this new open air tour and many have suggested they keep it this way in future years!
While there are no restrooms on the shuttle, there are several stops along the drive for your convenience.
We recommend you bring a jacket and a camera. The temperature on the summit will be much cooler. Their gift shop is fully stocked with snacks, beverages and souvenirs.
Breathtaking views, Colorado wildlife and possibly, even snow in July. We can guarantee an experience you will never forget!
The tour is approximately four hours long.
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