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Pikes Peak

Highway 24, Colorado Springs, CO 80809
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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.
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“cog railway” (643 reviews)
“low gear” (119 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Highway 24, Colorado Springs, CO 80809
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Reviewed yesterday

Unfortunately the weather doesn't always cooperate. The Cog Railroad was sold out weeks in advance so we drove up. A little pricey at $15 a per person in the car or $50 for the car load. Make sure you have 1/2 a tank of gas...More

Thank Glenn V
Reviewed yesterday

The drive up was great. We made a few stops on the way up including the reservoir, a trail, and an overlook. The top was foggy so the drive up was a little more exciting and we didn't get to see the view from the...More

Thank ny_us_traveler
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Cog Railway is something that everyone who visits Colorado should experience.. Scenic ascent to Pike's Peak's 14,111 ft. summit provides excellent photographic opportunities and glimpses of life above the treeline.

Thank panama4573
Reviewed 2 days ago

A 19 mile drive up to the top has you wowed at each turn. The views are breath taking. A set speed limit is there, You wish it was a lower speed to take it all in. You can go by vehicle or clog car...More

Thank Randy B
Reviewed 2 days ago

We took the Pike's Peak Highway to the summit. The drive is beautiful and there are stops along the way where you can get out and hike around or browse gift shops. There are "world-class" donuts at the summit (save your money) and a nice...More

Thank aljambor
Reviewed 3 days ago

We rode the COG Railway to the top at 14,110 feet. When the railroad car gets out of the trees the view is great. Much of the climb is steep, as much as 25% grade, but it is not scary. There is also a road...More

Thank Sue R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place is amazing. The drive to the top offers views unmatched in the USA. The natural beauty is just breathtaking. Was a clear day and you can see for miles. Pikes peak is truly and must do if you are close. Worth every moment...More

1  Thank Greg S
Reviewed 3 days ago

You HAVE to drive up to the Summit! It's more personable and you're not stuck in a crowded train car full of strangers. Most importantly, there are plenty of places to pull over to take awesome pictures. Driving up is more exciting than actually being...More

Thank George G
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was a great experience and the top is reachable from the cog railroad. The trip itself is fun with beautiful scenery, although the stay at the top seems a bit short. They serve the famous donuts at the top. The views from the top...More

Thank Tony1215
Reviewed 3 days ago

I got a sunburn and snowed on in a few hour period! IT IS COLD AT THE TOP! take a coat, jacket and WINTER clothes! Thank me later!

Thank kimaxh
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16 August 2017|
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Response from Emily J | Reviewed this property |
The Cog train will be closed Aug 21 through the fall for renovations and maintenance from what I understood during my visit.
Marilyn B
8 August 2017|
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Response from JuliaJ0 | Reviewed this property |
I think the last time we went we allowed about 4 hours for the entire trip. You get about 20-30 minutes at the top which is generally enough time to get a donut & buy a trinket while also drinking in the view. Go early to... More
Marilyn B
8 August 2017|
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Response from hamiltdm | Reviewed this property |
The ride is about 90 minutes and you should pan to spend an couple of hours at the top. MOST IMPORTANT: Drink lots of water, it helps ward off altitude sickness and at 14,110 feet, that is a real possibility. Also, as some... More