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Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80809 USA

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Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods and Air Force Academy from Denver

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“A perfect family adventure”

Pikes Peak is the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America.

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Reviewed by
Haley

  • 28 Reviews
  • 33 Helpful
May 12, 2016
Rated 5.0

I drove to the summit with my dog. It was such an awesome experience. The park rangers tell you to turn off your ac and put your car in the low gears (to help with your brakes), which was great because then you roll down your windows and get to experience it even more! The drive up is nice because there aren't too many side stops so it seems secluded, but also you don't feel confused of where to stop and where not to. I stopped at every opportunity, took my time up and down, and got done in about 4 hours. The first half of the drive is fine for the faint of heart but the second half gets a little scary for those of us afraid of heights. It's totally worth it though. I did get a terrible headache and lightheaded once I got close to the top, but nothing I couldn't bear. The top has beautiful views but is slightly anti-climatic because it's just a gravel parking lot, railway station, porta potties, and a sign. BUT the views are great and the trip up is amazing.

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Reviewed by
Stephen Rees

  • Road Warrior
  • 273 Reviews
  • 238 Helpful
May 12, 2016
Rated 5.0

I'm not sure what was cooler, the drive up to Pikes Peak, or the views when you finally got there. It's a breathtaking drive with a ton of switchbacks, and when you get to the summit you feel like you're on top of the whole world (you can also ride the cog train up, which I hear is pretty rad too). Be sure and try the amazing donuts they make at the summit!

Two things to watch out for before you drive up: First, have a half tank of gas in your car--they ask you about this when you pay the entry fee, but there isn't a gas station in the area so make sure you're well-stocked in Colorado Springs before starting the drive. Second, they aren't kidding around when they tell you to put your car in low gear. I forgot to on my way down and was riding my brakes all the way until the mandatory brake check, at which point they told me that my brakes were riding dangerously hot and made me wait for about 20 minutes or so until they had cooled down.

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
rachelrivera2

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 28, 2017
Rated 5.0

We drove to the top and I was scared to death...found out me in a vehicle and heights isn't my thing. Take me outside, I'm fine with the heights - but driving I kept picturing a plummeting death. I even tried to look up statistics, but it would seem they don't publish things like this. Plenty of vids of the racers crashing, but nothing on the "average" drivers. It does happen because there are countless blog posts about "witnesses," but again that is up for debate. So -- if you are freaking a bit about it, just make sure you have a reliable driver. Luckily, my husband is a Marine, trained to drive a militarized vehicle, and practiced on the hills/mountains of California, but I was still a bit of a pain in the petunia. For example, every time we rounded a tight turn I made a weird noise that had his hands sweating.

It you get anything out of this rambling review - just have a confident driver. And know that they should always keep their eyes on the road, so make LOTS of stop - if just for the driver's sake. It took us close to 3 1/2 hours. We made most of the stops. We played in the snow. My husband broke out the guitar and played on the overlook at 12K feet. Drive it though - that cog train thing - for one it's overpriced and two - you don't stop and SEE things. The top of the mountain is NOTHING. It stunk, there is nothing but a gift shop, a bit of snow and lots of rock. It's kind of ugly. There isn't really a good view, because you are so high, so it's washed out - and BRIGHT. The views are lower...when you get to the top - it's more of a WOOOOO I DID IT! Walk around and let's go back down.

The RANGERS are awesome, they do break checks (we got a B+ BTW) and will have you "rest" if you are a bit hot after you get below the tree line.

I think I rambled enough. Do it - and don't Google Pike's Peak accidents.

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Reviewed by
tdick21

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
March 15, 2017
Rated 4.0

Worth EVERY white knuckling turn. I'm not one for heights. The view was as breathtaking as the air. Simply amazing!

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Reviewed by
Maceymay

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 10, 2016
Rated 5.0

5 outta 5 period!👍👍

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Reviewed by
Maceymay

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 10, 2016
Rated 5.0

Took the train.Beautiful.Take a warm coat for top even in summer.Worth the fee for train.And yes we seen elk and wildlife on way up and down.Oh what God created for us to enjoy!Thank you🙏👍👍

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Reviewed by
josephkukla

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
August 7, 2016
Rated 5.0

I don't know why anyone would rate this less than 5 stars. Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Reviewed by
BrendaBanda

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 18, 2016
Rated 5.0

By far a must must do in Colorado. We got by far much more then what we expected. We got to see mountain goats and some other animals but don't know the names. While we made it almost to the peak of where the summit is it started snowing on us it was amazing. I am from Texas so when do you see snow in July. Highly recommended. Be ready to drive us the highway it's pretty nerve wrecking if your not use to it but well worth it.

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Reviewed by
Christopher Warren

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  • 134 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 7, 2016
Rated 5.0

While the drive sounds nice, if you've got the energy and time you should climb it! It's well worth it. It's all switchbacks, and Barr Camp is absolutely beautiful. You'll see plenty of wildlife, meet lots of great people, and it can be done in a day or two. Well worth the adventure for any outdoor enthusiast.

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Reviewed by
JillianHill

  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 29, 2016
Rated 5.0

Wow! The drive up was beautiful but definitely scary at times. It felt like you were going to drive straight into the sky. The view from the top is amazing. I can see why it inspired the song America the Beautiful. I was extremely light headed at the top and had to hold on to my husband several times. Please read the warnings about who should not travel to the top. We took our time going back down and was able to see different wildlife. Some people seemed to be in a hurry so we pulled over at many of the viewing points to let people pass. Part of the fun on the way up was watching the temperature drop!

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Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak
Colorado Springs, Colorado
80809 USA

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