Is a must see on your visit to
Colorado Springs, no visit to the Pikes Peak region is complete
until you experience a scenic drive to the top of Pikes Peak.
Beginning your drive at the gateway which is at 7,400 feet to
the 14,110 foot summit. Visitors will enjoy the safe scenic
highway, you will encounter some of the most beautiful scenery in
the world. The highway twists and curves as you wind through
an alpine wonderland of mountain reservoirs. Pikes Peak is one
of the most visited mountains in North America, forming a stunning
backdrop for Colorado Springs and the Garden of the Gods. With
an altitude of 14,110 feet above sea level, Pikes Peak is the 31st
highest peak out of 54 pikes in Colorado. With weather
permitting, the 8.9 mile Cog Railway runs year round, the Cog
Railway opened in 2007. Everyone will enjoy a ride on the Cog
Railway as it makes it way to the summit house. Over a half a
million people reach the summit house each year by Pikes Peak
Highway, Barr Trail or Pike's Peak Cog Railway. The 19 mile
Pikes Peak Highway is paved part of the way and is open year round
weather permitting. Barr Trail is the longest of all of the
trail leading to the top of all 54 mountains in Colorado reaching
over 14,000 feet and offers the best base-to-summit elevation gain
in the entire state of Colorado at 7,400 feet !!! Each year
roughly 15,000 people attempt to climb Pikes Peak on foot.
Pikes Peak hosts three notable events each year, the Pikes Peak
Marathon- a twenty-six mile round trip foot race up Barr Trail &
back down each August. Next, is the Pikes Peak International
Hill Climb held in July this exciting race takes place on the 12.42
mile gravel road. And last is the AdAmAn Club New Years
Fireworks display on December 31 at midnight a true must see.....
If you are lucky you may have the chance to see some native wildlife
such as; Yellow Bellied Marmot, Big Horn Sheep and Black Bears.
The next time you are visiting Colorado Springs be sure you
experience the breathtaking views of Pikes Peak America's favorite