We were told that Pike’s Peak is magnificent and worth the drive up but we didn’t know much more. Such as the fact that you need lots and lots of gas in the car to get up and then back down-that’s a story for another time…I won’t keep you in suspense, we weren’t stuck up there.
When we visited in August of 2020 they were deep in the middle of construction on the summit (building new summit complex). Most people had to take the shuttle up (same price) but since we had car seat bound babies we were allowed to drive our own car up. After driving up half an hour through the most breathtaking scenery and breath stopping steep mountain roads we thought we were finally approaching the summit only to see that it was a parking lot for stopping. We continued on now actually driving at the same altitude as the snow covered mountains and again we kept thinking we were reaching the top only to see that there is still some more time to reach the summit.
The views along the way were spectacular. At times the drive up bordered on petrifying. But oh was it worthwhile! When we finally reached the summit after about 45 minutes of driving we had a limited view of the area due to the construction though we made sure to take a picture at the sign stating Pike’s Peaks altitude of 14,115 feet. We began our descent but stopped after a couple of minutes to enjoy the site of two Bighorn Sheep grazing near the road.
We stopped at one of the parking areas to enjoy the snowy mountains while at the same time the green mountains all around. We had an awesome time playing in the snow and enjoying the views before finally heading back all the way down.
Pikes Peak, America’s Mountain, in the Colorado Springs area is one of the most visited mountains in the world and a top tourist attraction for the State of Colorado. It is definitely a deserving destination of the 750,000 annual visitors.
Posted: October 17, 2020
Information, prices and hours posted here are current as of the posted or updated date. It is advisable to call ahead or check online to confirm hours and prices.
5089 Pikes Peak Highway
Cascade, CO 80809
Adult One Day Admission (16 and Older): $15.00
Child One Day Admission (6-15): $5.00
Carload One Day Admission (Up to 5 Passengers): $50.00