Pikes Peak
Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak

Free admission
Pikes Peak Toll Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80809

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.

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Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver
Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver
$159.00 per adult
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We had a great time on our tour of the Garden of Gods and Pikes Peak. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining
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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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