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9 Tips for Making Pikes Peak Even More Awesome

Pikes Peak in Colorado is a majestic 19 mile highway, where you join the birds in the clouds as you approach the top. This mountain reaches a impressive 14,110 feet of elevation as you reach the summit. The drive up the mountain is absolutely breathtaking figuratively and literally with that elevation. I can say with confidence this is a must see if you are in the Colorado Springs area.

Here are a few things we learned along the way to help make your trip unforgettable and I promise Hensley had more fun than her face shows in the picture above. 

1. Know there are a few ways to travel to the summit of pikes peak. You can drive your personal vehicle which is the option we chose, you can take take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, or for the adventurous types you can hike or bike the mountain.

These are all great options and offer a variety of different aspects of seeing the mountain. The railway offers some amazing views. It is almost like a backstage pass up the mountain, but there are a few things to consider:

  1. The railway is a more expensive cost at $38/person compared to the $12/person ($40/per car up to 5 people) if you drive

  2. If you drive, you are at your own pace and able to stop and explore as much as you want. If you take the railway there are no stops along the way and once you reach the top you have about 45 minutes before it departs again. The problem with that is restroom and food lines are pretty long and that does not leave much time to check out the amazing views. Just something to consider when planning your trip after talking to some railway riders on the mountain.

  3. Reservations are strongly encouraged for the railway. Check out the Pikes Peak website for rates and coupon on driving admission.

2. Go early if all possible to avoid crowds. That is something we notice almost everywhere we go when we travel, but it doesn’t always work out. Lets face it, we travel with a 2 year old so we are lucky to get anywhere.

3. Check the weather, because it can effect the views. Upon reading some reviews, visitors stated a lot of what can be seen is based on the weather because of clarity.