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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 6 April 2018

One of the scariest drives I have ever been on but the views make it worth the trip. Be prepared for very, very cold temperatures and high wind. Be sure to stop at Crystal Reservoir! And, don't forget to get some awesome donuts at the summit.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Pikes peak is awesome I just wish they would of left the road dirt and gravel always a jeeper in the family we remember the first time we drove to the top we love it and keep coming every year

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 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 5 April 2018

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 April 2018 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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