Day 4

5 Day Family Adventure

A DAY IN THE MOUNTAINS

Pikes Peak was likely on the top of your bucket list for your Colorado Springs trip, so why the heck did we not suggest it as the first thing you do when you hit town? The answer is simple: elevation. Chances are good you’re coming from a lower elevation and may already be feeling a little worn out. Give you body a few days to acclimate to the elevation of Colorado Springs before you climb another 8,000 feet. The number one best combatant to altitude sickness: water. Lots and lots of water.

 

Enjoying Pikes Peak

Please note: there are many different ways to experience Pikes Peak.  We’ve included a few of our family friendly favorites.  We recommend you choose one of the following that is perfect for your crew.  Chat with us live Monday through Friday if you need some help deciding!

Breakfast

BREAKFAST IN THE MOUNTAINS

If you’re headed up the pass (Ute Pass that is) you HAVE to hit The Pantry in Green Mountain Falls. During the summer, they have an awesome creekside all you can eat buffet. Be sure to try their cinnamon raisin toast.

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8A. PIKES PEAK - AMERICA'S MOUNTAIN

14,115 feet of pure awe!

Pikes Peak is one of the most accessible mountains in the country which means you have lots of options when it comes to getting to the top.  Driving your own vehicle is at the apex of ease and affordability, and allows you the most independence of all your options.  Take the Peak at your own pace, stop for photos or just to breathe it all in at will. …read more

You’ll find photo ops along the way, each more spectacular than the last.  You’ll pass through several different biomes as you climb 8,000 feet in elevation, and pass crystal clear reservoirs of pure mountain snowmelt.  Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, wildflowers, and the illusive Big Foot.

Know before you go: Construction of the new Summit House continues, and it’s taken up a chunk of the parking at the top.  To help with parking, from Memorial Day Weekend till October, visitors will need to catch one of the free shuttles available at mile 7, 13 or 16.  Shuttles leave every 5-10 minutes, making it easy to get up and back whenever you’re ready.  Families with ADA requirements, children in carseats, or 10+ people will be allowed to summit in their own vehicle.

Buy your tickets here to help save time at the gate.

Tips

  • Don’t miss the special high-elevation donuts at the summit!

Time

  • On-site: 3-4 hours
  • Travel: ~15min

Take-away

Expect it to be 30-40 degrees cooler at the summit than it is in town.

8B. PIKES PEAK TOUR BY GRAY LINE

Let them handle the drive while you handle those views!

Making the journey up Pikes Peak is a memory that will last a lifetime, so why not do it in style? You’ll get so much more out of the experience if you aren’t worried about keeping your eyes on the road. .…read more

Kick back in their super comfy coaches, watch the trees whisk by till you come around a bin, and the vista opens before you and all the world seems stretched out below.  It’s a magnificent sight.  Watch for wildlife and the changing biomes while Gray Line’s storytellers, aka guides, regale you with tales of Pikes Peak’s rich history and the great sites along the way.

Worried that you won’t get to stop along the way, or won’t have enough time at the summit?  Gray Line guides are experts when it comes to Pikes Peak.  Not only will they stop to let you take photos, they know where all the best spots are!  AND, you won’t have to switch shuttles to reach the summit.  Gray Line will take care of you all the way!

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Tips

  • Be sure to make reservations. This popular trip books up fast

Time

  • On-site: 4 hours
  • Travel: ~10min

Take-away

The tour guides tell stories, history and anecdotes along the way, so it’s so much more than just a ride to the summit!

8C. CHALLENGE UNLIMITED -- PIKES PEAK BY BIKE

Sail down 19 miles of the best scenery you ever imagined!

There are many different ways to enjoy Pikes Peak, as you’ve already read, but this adventure will take the whole experience to another level. Challenge Unlimited – Pikes Peak by Bike has been taking visitors on this once-in-a-lifetime experience for over 30 years.…read more

With that kind of expertise there’s no one better to guide you down America’s favorite mountain. They know all the ins and outs, best places to stop for photos and every curve of the 19 mile road. 

Your day starts at their office near Old Colorado City on the west side of Colorado Springs.  They’ll get your measurements fit you to a bike.  While you wait for the rest of the party to arrive, enjoy a continental breakfast or browse through their gift shop.  When everyone is signed in, find a spot in their passenger vans, kick back and enjoy the spectacular view to the summit of Pikes Peak.  At 14,115 feet above sea level, you’ll have a chance to enjoy the gift shop, grab a selfie by the Pikes Peak summit sign (use the bathroom!) and even grab a donut before it’s time to set sail!  After a quick spin on the bikes to make sure you’re comfortable, it’s time to head downhill.  They’ll be with you all the way — but the fun is all yours! 

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Tips

  • Reservations are a must! Call ahead at 719-633-6399

Time

  • On-site: 5 hours
  • Travel: ~10min

Take-away

Remember how fun it was to ride your bike downhill as a kid — well this is one grownup sized hill!  Are you up to the challenge?

Lunch

BEST BURGER IN MANITOU

It might look like your run of the mill dive bar, but don’t let its looks fool you. The Keg in Manitou Springs is family friendly and has one of the best burgers in town. If you’re not feeling like a burger, try their berry salad. We like to add salmon to it. Divine!