Fodor's Expert Review Pikes Peak

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If you want to see the view from the top of Pikes Peak, head up this 14,115-foot-high mountain by shuttle or in a pair of hiking boots if you've got the stamina. (The Pikes Peak Cog Railway, which opened in 1891, has just undergone a major renovation and reopened in May 2021.) To prevent congestion on the Pikes Peak Highway, those visiting the summit are required to take a complimentary shuttle instead of driving. Exceptions to this rule are vehicles with more than six passengers, child safety seats, or people with disabilities ($15 per person or $50 per car).

Two shuttle options are available including a 32-mile round-trip that takes about 15 minutes to get to the top, or a 14-mile round-trip that takes about 30 minutes to the summit. Once at the top, stop for a doughnut at the Pikes Peak Summit House café and trading post. Whichever route you choose to take up the prominent peak, you'll understand why the pioneers heading West via wagon train used to say: "Pikes Peak or Bust."

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If you want to see the view from the top of Pikes Peak, head up this 14,115-foot-high mountain by shuttle or in a pair of hiking boots if you've got the stamina. (The Pikes Peak Cog Railway, which opened in 1891, has just undergone a major renovation and reopened in May 2021.) To prevent congestion on the Pikes Peak Highway, those visiting the summit are required to take a complimentary shuttle instead of driving. Exceptions to this rule are vehicles with more than six passengers, child safety seats, or people with disabilities ($15 per person or $50 per car).

Two shuttle options are available including a 32-mile round-trip that takes about 15 minutes to get to the top, or a 14-mile round-trip that takes about 30 minutes to the summit. Once at the top, stop for a doughnut at the Pikes Peak Summit House café and trading post. Whichever route you choose to take up the prominent peak, you'll understand why the pioneers heading West via wagon train used to say: "Pikes Peak or Bust."

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Quick Facts

U.S. 24
Colorado Springs, Colorado  80901, USA

719-684–9383

www.coloradosprings.gov/pikes-peak-americas-mountain

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $15 per person, $50 per vehicle; summit shuttle is free

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