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“OMG so scary but so worth it!!”

Pikes Peak - America's Mountain
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Cascade
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Welcome to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain! The Pikes Peak Highway entrance is conveniently located 15 minutes west of Colorado Springs on Highway 24. The beauty of being so close to the city is that you can spend your time enjoying the mountain instead of getting to the mountains. Plan for your round trip journey to the summit to take 2-3 hours. The safe, scenic highway provides you the opportunity to enjoy Pikes Peak at your leisure. From the gateway at an elevation of 7,400 feet, you'll encounter some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world as you wind your way through an alpine wonderland of scenic beauty, mountain reservoirs, beyond timberline, overtaking the clouds...All along the way to the 14,115 foot summit of America's most famous mountain. 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 8 August 2014

This was soooooooooooooooooooooo freaking scary on the way up but once you're at the top, it seems much easier on the way down. We rode our motorcycles and it was a BLAST! The gift shop at the top was really crowded, but the railway stops up there too, so there ended up being a lot of people there. Take pictures while you are up there, the views are amazing!

Thank Lois G
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Reviewed 7 August 2014 via mobile

A wonderful drive but not for the feint of heart. Had some very anxious moments, especially during the last 2000 feet, both up and down. The $40 price for our carload of 4 was too steep and while we enjoyed the view at the top, I would never pay that again.

2  Thank Bhasen
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

We have always taken the Cog up to the top. This was my first time to drive up. It was $40 to take the drive (Cog would have been about $140 and 3 hours) and it took about 45 minutes each way to go up and down without stopping. This is a beautiful drive!! It was a little scary at times, lol… There is a lot to see! You need to get there early (8am) or it gets crowded (traffic!!). When you get to the top, you are over 14,000 ft, so it’s cooler and less oxygen. Speaking of lack of oxygen… There was a car in front of us with a “baby” and they were not allowed to make the drive (just fyi). Not good with the lack of oxygen up above. Up at the top, take all the time you need. If you are there when the Cog gets there, it gets crazy crowded. They have their famous donuts and coffee/cocoa for purchase, along with other food items. Lots of shirts, cups, souvenirs… There are a ton of great shots up there. I walked past the track to the edge and saw a few Marmots getting some sun. Just beautiful overall. On the way up or down, there are a lot of people hiking and exploring the mountain. I wished we had more time, we would have done a little of that. This drive is a must do!

Thank wmld3
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

MUST SEE!! If you are the nervous person who gets stressed out driving take the cog train. Bring the camera and a coat or sweatshirt you will need at the top reguardless of the temp at the base. If you have breathing issues normally do not go up.

1  Thank Bob B
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

For anyone who has a ride / drive bucket list, this is another must do in Colorado. The road is paved all the way up, the parking lot at the top is dirt. Count on adding layers when riding up and there are plenty of places to stop and admire the views or wildlife. I've see goats up there more than once, and people don't always pay attention, so keep a safe speed.

Thank Byrnebrew
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