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  • Address: Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

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Pikes Peak Tours

Just outside of Colorado Springs, the towering Pikes Peak stands as an American icon. Katharine Lee Bates wrote the song “America the Beautiful” after surveying the great western lands from atop this very mountain, and today, visitors can enjoy the same view that inspired Bates, looking down across the rolling plains and jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains.

The Basics
Half a million people visit the summit of Pikes Peak each year, making it the most visited mountain peak in North America. Most visitors come on a day trip from nearby Colorado Springs or Denver and combine their visit to the famous fourteener with a stops at the artsy town of Manitou Springs and the stunning sandstone formations of the Garden of the Gods. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Pikes Peak is a must-see for adventure travelers and first-time visitors.
  • Dress in warm layers—there’s a 30-degree temperature difference between the base and peak of the mountain.
  • Tickets for the Pikes Peak Cog Railway can sell out during high season, so it’s best to book ahead of time.
  • Drink lots of water to help prevent or minimize the effects of altitude sickness.

How to Get There
While 1850s gold miners once trekked to this area via covered wagon and made the climb by mule, modern visitors can enjoy the views while driving the scenic Pikes Peak Highway, which offers incredible views along the way to the 14,115-foot (4,302-meter) summit. Another popular way to reach the summit is aboard the historic Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the highest cog railway in the world. Active travelers might opt to make the climb on foot along the 13-mile (21-kilometer) Barr Trail.

When to Get There
Pikes Peak is open throughout the year, but the road can close in poor weather. To avoid crowds at this popular Colorado destination, plan to visit during the shoulder seasons (March through May and October through mid-December).

Avoiding Altitude Sickness
With a summit of over 14,000 feet, Pikes Peak can trigger symptoms of altitude sickness in some visitors. To minimize or even prevent these symptoms altogether, try to spend your first day in the area touring attractions below 7,000 feet and avoid strenuous exercise. Drink more water than usual, and reduce your intake of alcohol and salty foods. 

Tours & Tickets

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Private Tour to Pikes Peak Garden of Gods, Denver, null

Private Tour to Pikes Peak Garden of Gods

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

This private tour is a great way to escape the city for a day. You will experience some of the most amazing views in Colorado, stroll through charming Manitou ...  Read more

Location: Denver, Colorado
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $749.00
Royal Gorge Loop Half Day Jeep Tour, Cañon City, Private Sightseeing Tours

Royal Gorge Loop Half Day Jeep Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

This breathtaking 3.5 hour tour literally puts you on the edge of one of Colorado’s most picturesque attractions. Look down into the breathtaking Royal Gorge ...  Read more

Location: Cañon City, Colorado
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $98.00
Full Day Royal Gorge and Red Canyon Jeep Tour, Cañon City, Half-day Tours

Full Day Royal Gorge and Red Canyon Jeep Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

A full-day tour that literally puts you on the edge of Colorado's most picturesque attractions. You'll travel over the Royal Gorge as you cross over America's ...  Read more

Location: Cañon City, Colorado
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $186.00

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