Towering 14,110 feet above Colorado Springs, this mountain serves as one of the nation's most famous landmarks. Access to the ... More
Towering 14,110 feet above Colorado Springs, this mountain serves as one of the nation's most famous landmarks. Access to the summit can be obtained via the Pike's Peak Cog Railway, or by driving the Pikes Peak Highway which winds through stands of pine and aspen before cresting above tree line. Katherine Lee Bates was so moved by her visit to the summit that it inspired her to pen "America the Beautiful." Bring a jacket as the temperature is about 20 degrees cooler up top.
We took the COG Train up to Pike's Peak and it was thoroughly entertaining. The tour guide and conducter were extremely entertaining and everyone was able to ask questions and have them answered. Loved going over the Continental Divide. Cold at the top and elevation did make some individuals ill but it was well worth the trip. Gorgeous scenery and a photographer's dream!
Take the trip...you won't regret it.
The Pikes Peak experience begins long before you get to the mountain if you are going to there by car as I did. You can see the front range from a long ways off as you approach from the east. The sheer scale of the range becomes evident the closer you get to Colorado Springs. The Idea of driving a car up this wall of rock becomes more intimidating the closer you get to the mountain. Once on the mountain, there are lakes, and shops, but they are for the way down mostly, as the summit becons. The feeling at the summit is that of being atop of the world. It's great. I have been back three times, once in a thunderstorm, which was pretty cool, too, as we were "in" the storm. The way down has nice shops where you can pan for gold, shop for suveniers, and let your brakes cool off. There is also trails, and a small theme park which is a little hokey, but that is part of the charm. The bottom line is if you are visiting Colorado Springs, it's impossible to miss the mountains, and climbing one is a lot funner than looking at one! If planning to go there in the summer, try the Pikes Peak rally, but book hotels well in advance!
The cog railway is a little pricey, but once we got to the top we realized it was worth it. Driving would be fun but only one way. There's not much to do at the top except gasp for air and realize how small we are on this planet as you take in the AMAZING views.
If you think you are dressed warm enough, bring an extra jacket anyway. Not only is it cold up there, but the thin air makes it feel even colder.
We saw some big horn sheep on the way up and they were even closer to the train on the way down.
There is a running commentary on the way up that is fairly informative. Breaks up the hour each way.
see comments below to discover why Colorado natives hate tourists.
By A Yahoo Contributor, 10/26/05
If you want to experience Colorado, get your act together, get in shape, and HIKE up Pikes Peak. It is 12.6 miles one way. Trust me, the scenery and the views are a lot more beautiful than driving up the back side of a mountain, stuck in a long line of out-of-state cars with smoking engines and squealing brakes. Contrary to what the local gift shops might have you believe, you have not accomplished some major feat by driving up a well-maintained road. Some gift shops sell shirts that say "Real Men Don't Need Guardrails". No, they don't, because real men (and women!) climb the mountain instead of feeling proud for driving up it.
I saw pikes peek every day. Even though I've only been to the top a few times. I would say that the trip up the mountain is well worth it.Because the view from up there is asome.There is nothing like it, it's like your on top of the world!
doughnuts and hot chocolate were great but hardly worth the 3 hour car trip...great view, cold even in the middle of summer, and windy...don't go if you are afraid of heights. Check your breaks before you make the trip if you drive...otherwise take the cog.
Gorgeous! Make sure you dress warm - jackets, gloves, hats, etc. Bring plenty of film. Take your time driving up the mountain - there is SO much to see and it is easier to see on the way up then down! We can't wait to go back. If you like to shop, head to the gift shop first - before the train gets there! Enjoy!!!
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