A 3-day stay in Denver allows you to venture into districts beyond downtown for a taste of the city’s diversity, including experiencing the outdoors in any season, from ski resorts to hiking trails. You also have time to visit the Rocky Mountains or Colorado Springs.
Just outside of Colorado Springs, the towering Pikes Peak stands as an American icon. Katharine Lee Bates wrote the song “America the Beautiful” after surveying the great western lands from atop this very mountain, and today, visitors can enjoy the same view that inspired Bates, looking down across the rolling plains and jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains.
Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Half a million people visit the summit of Pikes Peak each year, making it the most visited mountain peak in North America. Most visitors come on a day trip from nearby Colorado Springs or Denver and combine their visit to the famous fourteener with a stops at the artsy town of Manitou Springs and the stunning sandstone formations of the Garden of the Gods.
Things to Know Before You Go
Pikes Peak is a must-see for adventure travelers and first-time visitors.
Dress in warm layers—there’s a 30-degree temperature difference between the base and peak of the mountain.
Tickets for the Pikes Peak Cog Railway can sell out during high season, so it’s best to book ahead of time.
Drink lots of water to help prevent or minimize the effects of altitude sickness.
How to Get There
While 1850s gold miners once trekked to this area via covered wagon and made the climb by mule, modern visitors can enjoy the views while driving the scenic Pikes Peak Highway, which offers incredible views along the way to the 14,115-foot (4,302-meter) summit. Another popular way to reach the summit is aboard the historic Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the highest cog railway in the world. Active travelers might opt to make the climb on foot along the 13-mile (21-kilometer) Barr Trail.
When to Get There
Pikes Peak is open throughout the year, but the road can close in poor weather. To avoid crowds at this popular Colorado destination, plan to visit during the shoulder seasons (March through May and October through mid-December).
Avoiding Altitude Sickness
With a summit of over 14,000 feet, Pikes Peak can trigger symptoms of altitude sickness in some visitors. To minimize or even prevent these symptoms altogether, try to spend your first day in the area touring attractions below 7,000 feet and avoid strenuous exercise. Drink more water than usual, and reduce your intake of alcohol and salty foods.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Pikes Peak?
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As well as visiting the Pikes Peak, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit:
- Things to do in Colorado
- Things to do in Fort Collins
- Things to do in Breckenridge
- Things to do in Colorado Springs
- Things to do in Vail
- Things to do in Aspen
- Things to do in Albuquerque
- Things to do in Sedona
- Things to do in Phoenix
- Things to do in Las Vegas
- Things to do in Utah
- Things to do in New Mexico
- Things to do in Monument Valley
- Things to do in Arizona
- Things to do in Missouri
- Garden of the Gods
- Pikes Peak Highway
- United States Air Force Academy
- Washington Park
- Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
- Denver Botanic Gardens
- Molly Brown House Museum
- Denver Art Museum (DAM)
- Colorado State Capitol Building
- Denver Mint
- Denver Civic Center Park
- Denver Firefighters Museum
- Hard Rock Cafe Denver
- Denver Museum of Nature & Science
- Denver Center for the Performing Arts