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“Magnificent and so worth the harrowing drive! ”
Review of Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: There are many things to see and do on our mountain including experiencing spectacular views as you ascend to 14,115 feet, encounter Mother Nature on our hiking trails or watch for wildlife such as deer, elk, bighorn sheep or yellow-bellied marmots. You may even spot the elusive Bigfoot during your visit. The 19 mile journey on the fully paved road to the summit begins in Cascade, Colorado, just 15 minutes west of downtown Colorado Springs. From the entrance, at an altitude of 7,800 feet (2377m) begin to explore the Pike National Forest and the natural beauty of Colorado.Along the way, you'll discover the North Slope Recreation Area, Crystal Reservoir Gift Shop, Historic Glen Cove Inn, and the Summit House. There are three lakes for fishing, picnic areas, hiking trails, and breathtaking views. Stop and watch one of our "Meet the Ranger" Interpretive Programs and learn about the history, myths, flora and fauna on the mountain. All offer visitor services and basic necessities to make your day both enjoyable and memorable.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were hesitant to go, but so glad we did, after the fact. The drive has many pull-offs for stretching your legs and taking photos and even a picnic if you wish. Crystal Lake Reservoir is the best. It was so windy and cold at the top (21 F with wind gusts that must've been about 40-50 mph), we could barely stay out enough to take pics, and I got very light headed, I suppose from the altitude. But that feeling that you were experiencing something that perhaps early explorers may have felt, priceless! Also, donuts are a must (if not just to warm up). Magnificent!

Thank athansor007
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I will say that the drive is fun but a bit challenging near the top. Also, make sure you do not have heart or breathing issues as the air is quite rare at the top. It was 59 degrees at the bottom but only 20 at the top. and very windy. Takes about 45 minutes from the gate to the top. But well worth it. the views are amazing. The other mountain in the distance are magical. The red broken rock so unusual. Make sure the day you go that it is clear enough to enjoy. There is an Inn at 11,000 feet and a good place to check your breaks on the way down. Definitely worth the trip. Also there is a shop at the top and bathrooms. And a tram to the top that runs during peak season. There are 360 degree views so check them all out. After about 20 minutes I had to leave as I was getting light headed. Enjoy!!!

Thank onemichael
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately, we were only able to see the first 13 miles of Pikes Peak due to high winds. I recommend calling the center each day you are in the area and go on the day it is open to the peak. The rangers said it is about a 50/50 that it is open to the peak. There were a lot of opportunities to stop and take pictures. The drive to the 13th mile was really not that bad, just go slow on the turns. I enjoyed it even if we didn’t make it to the peak!

Thank Moira N
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Going to the top of Pikes Peak should be on everyone's list. We drove to the top, which was cool. You should make sure you have plenty of gas in your tank. The 360 degree views at the top are breathtaking. Make sure you bring a jacket. The temperature at the top could be 30 degrees at the top even in the summer. I will go back again one day and take the cog train.

Thank sushiguy79
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

March was a great month to go, the weather was fantastic! 55 at the bottom of the mountain and 22 at the top. Make sure that you know the difference in temperature as you go up 19 miles an 14,700 feet.

Thank 258anah
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