Pikes Peak

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  • David H.
    "short of breath running around the summit."(4 Tips)
    Paul W.
    "Note that you'll get a little lightheaded from the altitude."(4 Tips)
    Thomas B.
    "Walk to the end of the cog railroad for an awesome photo-op."(2 Tips)
    Judith V.
    "Beautiful views of Colorado Springs!"(2 Tips)
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    HISTORYApril 16, 2013
    At 14,110 feet, this mountain isn't famous for its height, but for its iconic role in the 1859 gold rush that spurred growth in this region.
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinJune 27, 2015
    Drive instead of tram if you can. Then stop 3/4ths of the way up where you see the big red rocks and go exploring. There's fewer people and gorgeous nature views.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PolloneOctober 21, 2015
    Amazing view that really puts life in perspective. BUT, if you have any fear of heights and/or altitude sickness, this drive is terrifying. I was scared to death above tree line. Take the train!
  • Amy H.
    Amy Hall FrancenOctober 20, 2013
    Take it slow and breathe deeply! Drive up and stop often to soak in all it's glory and beauty! Get to the top and have a donut! If you're lucky, the peak will be snowy!!
  • Matt R.
    Matt RosenbergJune 6, 2013
    Even if it's not a clear day, be sure to take it all in. The view is AMAZING! Make your way into the lodge and get some of their famous homemade donuts!!
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MowreyJuly 29, 2015
    This was the coolest part of my Colorado trip. The drive was slow, but the views were amazing. The views from the top were remarkable. There's a train that goes up there, but driving is better.
  • Capri W.
    Capri WilbanksSeptember 20, 2013
    Make sure to bring a thick jacket, hat, & gloves it's very windy & cold at the top. Also buy several of the warm delicious donuts & a cup of hot chocolate!
  • Paul W.
    Paul WithunAugust 24, 2014
    This was on my bucket list, go there and you'll see why. The views are simply amazing. Note that you'll get a little lightheaded from the altitude.
  • Ellie
    EllieApril 28, 2015
    Repeat after me: "layers are your friend." Even if it's warm down in Manitou or Colorado Springs, you're looking at something like a 30 degree temperature change if you head up the Peak.
  • Chip M.
    Chip MichaelJuly 14, 2011
    Drive or take the cog rail, or if you're really crazy, run up the mountain. The view inspired the lyrics for "America the Beautiful"
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANNovember 3, 2014
    First claimed by the Spanish, in 1806 Pikes Peak became a symbol for exploration, the gold rush, settlement and tourism in Colorado Springs. For more information, watch this C-SPAN video. Read more
  • Thomas B.
    Thomas BledsoeJune 12, 2012
    Walk to the end of the cog railroad for an awesome photo-op. Don't be afraid to ask someone to take your pic -- just be ready to reciprocate
  • Vicky S.
    Vicky SOctober 25, 2013
    Best view of Colorado! By far! Take panoramic pictures. For sure try hot choco on the top! And doughnuts! Yum
  • David H.
    David HardieJuly 31, 2013
    Food at the top is expensive so bring snacks for the trip! You'll feel the altitude so be prepared to be short of breath running around the summit.
  • Elmer
    ElmerMay 25, 2013
    Definitely get some donuts. if taking the Cog, make sure you get outside to look around, the stay is very short.
  • PikesPeak C.
    Experience Pikes Peak by Cog Train, foot, or car. Beautiful reservoirs and wildlife all around. Also, check out Challenge Unlimited Bike Tours to bike down Pikes Peak!
  • Stephen H.
    Stephen HayesAugust 11, 2012
    Amazing doughnuts and indescribable view from outside. If your to ver in the area its a must see.
  • Markus N.
    Markus NeuertSeptember 10, 2015
    Must see when you're in Colorado. Awesome scenery and views
  • Caitlin S.
    Caitlin SmolenskiJuly 6, 2013
    Climb down behind the gift shop, the view is unbelievable and you can take great pictures!
  • Susan K.
    Susan KearnsFebruary 19, 2015
    Be sure to make a snow Angel in the Powder !#awesome
  • Lucy L.
    Lucy LiowSeptember 6, 2011
    Got doughnuts & fudge, and I'd say if you have to choose, fudge every time. Heath fudge was amazing.
  • Brady M.
    Brady McPeakAugust 4, 2012
    Bring a jacket, even in the summer. It can be 80 at the bottom and less that 40 at the top!
  • Debra P.
    Debra ParrJuly 8, 2014
    I don't like donuts that much but theirs were very good.
  • Dustin H.
    Dustin HartzlerJuly 25, 2011
    Skip the donuts and go for the fudge. The peanut butter fudge with Reese's is amazing!
  • Ronald S.
    Ronald ScottJuly 28, 2013
    I highly recommend it. The ABC side of the COG Express has a better view.
  • Judith V.
    Judith V.June 26, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great World's Famous Donuts! Beautiful views of Colorado Springs!
  • Thomas B.
    Thomas BledsoeJune 12, 2012
    Coming back down they will stop you if your brakes are too hot and make you eat a cheeseburger and/or buy a bolo tie.
  • I J.
    I JordanJuly 4, 2011
    Make sure u are in first gear when u coming down or you will be wait on the side of the road at brake check like I am now
  • Łukasz
    ŁukaszAugust 8, 2013
    Dont forget to check out the gift shop!
  • Elisabeth L.
    Elisabeth LewinAugust 9, 2013
    The doughnuts are totally worth the long trip up here!
  • Razu P.
    Razu PoudelApril 24, 2013
    No more words for it's beauty... Seems a Himalayan in far from Himalayan Range...:)
  • Vivian M.
    Vivian MyersAugust 14, 2013
    Bring a jacket and try the donuts. They are amazing!
  • Jen (.
    Jen (Jameson) LongawaSeptember 8, 2013
    Naturally, no cell signal at the summit so the "check in" for this happened back in Manitou.
  • All Around The World w.
    Try the view from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • Tom Z.
    Tom ZapotoskyJune 1, 2013
    Get two blankets for $20. Need it for the people who like to leave the windows down the whole time.
  • Brigitta C.
    Brigitta CsomaJuly 9, 2016
    The view from the summit is gorgeous
  • Chris M.
    Chris MoodySeptember 4, 2011
    The cog railroad is a great way to get to the top!
  • Joe B.
    Joe BryantMarch 25, 2011
    It's cold and Windy up here. Remember to bring a hat. And try the donuts. Do-nut mind if I do.
  • Terence C.
    Terence ChanSeptember 10
    Gorgeous view up! Worth the trek!
  • Kaustubh T.
    Don't miss the marmots!!
  • Angela R.
    Angela RawlingsSeptember 6, 2016
    One of the best views
  • Damien A.
    Damien AndersonAugust 29, 2015
    Pretty freaking awesome!!!
  • Ben B.
    Ben BaronJanuary 22, 2015
    Plan for the elements and take it easy in the altitude.
  • Tyler C.
    Tyler ChartierOctober 12, 2015
    Hike up. don't drive up. Take a hike
  • Brian M.
    Brian MacKayJuly 15, 2010
    Be sure to bring a jacket. Even in the summer it can get pretty cold up at the top.
  • Michael P.
    Michael PantojaAugust 14, 2012
    Go early morning
  • Bryan W.
    Bryan WilcoxMarch 28, 2011
    Try the donuts if they're fresh. Don't waste your time if they're not unless you like a mouthful of coagulated grease.
  • Colorado
    ColoradoAugust 24, 2010
    Pikes Peak is the most-visited mountain in North America.
  • Stephen S.
    Stephen SwansonAugust 7, 2011
    Yes, the summit really is five feet higher than what all the signs say.
  • Chaitanya R.
    The road to the top closes at 6!
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethSeptember 3, 2012
    Try the donuts. So yummy.
  • Weems
    WeemsAugust 18, 2013
    Run the marathon...it's a bucket list event and one you'll never forget
  • Joshua S.
    Joshua SikkengaSeptember 4, 2011
    Get the donuts...always get the donuts.
  • Robert M.
    Robert MSeptember 18, 2012
    On a clear day you can see...
  • adam q.
    adam quirk 🍼🍸🔭November 13, 2012
    Bring lots of water.
  • Ben L.
    Ben LohmannNovember 26, 2014
    Cold. Don't run if you aren't used to the elevation.
  • Rony K.
    Rony KarimJune 29, 2010
    Enjoy the view the fresh air and if you are lucky the white snow.
  • Polly S.
    Polly SteinhartSeptember 2, 2015
    The views!
  • Steven H.
    Steven HarleyJuly 29, 2015
    Wicked dope
  • Sparky
    SparkySeptember 1
    Take the train!
  • shannon @.
    shannon @skinmeowAugust 16, 2014
    What a view
  • Anup Y.
    Anup YadavSeptember 29, 2014
    I want to drive it
  • Jeannette C.
    Jeannette CheungAugust 12, 2012
    Make sure you have enough gas to make the 2 hour round trip. It would suck to have to turn around or worse run out of gas.
  • George
    GeorgeOctober 28, 2012
    Cold, but fun. Hydrate!
  • Bonnie W.
    Bonnie WrightSeptember 10, 2010
    Bring a jacket, it is cold!
  • Lindsea H.
    Lindsea HawotteNovember 16, 2011
    Make sure the driver isn't sightseeing.
  • Matt K.
    Matt KranzJune 13, 2010
    Breathe deeply!
  • Alex N.
    Alex NeilJune 6, 2011
    Nothing special about the donuts. I'd say pads.
  • Perielio R.
    Perielio RibeiroApril 25, 2014
    Recorde nas alturas pra mim... 4073m e não senti nada além de... Normal.
  • Ezequiel O.
    Ezequiel OrozcoSeptember 8, 2013
    Me gusta caminar en las. Montanas
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