Perhaps no view in Colorado equals the 360-degree panorama from the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak. Whether you go by cog railway, hiking trail, or private vehicle, the ascent is a spectacular, exciting experience—although not for those with heart or breathing problems or a fear of heights. The 19-mile, paved toll highway starts at 7,400 feet, some 4 miles west of Manitou Springs. There are numerous photo-op stops as you head up the mountain, and deer, mountain sheep, marmots, and other animals often appear on the slopes, especially above the timberline (around 11,500 ft.). Allow 3 hours minimum.
Colorado Springs› Attraction
Pikes Peak Highway
Off US 24 at the town of Cascade, 10 miles west of Colorado Springs
Our Rating Hours Fri before Memorial Day to Labor Day daily 7:30am–6pm; rest of Sept daily 7:30am–5pm; Oct to late May daily 9am–3pm, weather permitting Phone 719/385-7325 Prices Admission $12 adults, $5 children 6–15, free for children 5 and under, $40 per car up to 5 passengers Web site Pikes Peak Highway
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