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The Pikes Peak Highway is a 19-mile paved toll road that takes you to the summit of Pikes Peak - America's Mountain. Built in 1915, this winding road is perfect for scenic drives, offering visitors views of lakes, mountains, wildlife and the surrounding area.
The Pikes Peak Highway is a peaceful, breathtaking and unforgettable ride. After this drive, try one of our other scenic drives near Colorado Springs.
Location: The Pikes Peak Highwya Tollgate is located in Cascade, Colorado, just west of Colorado Springs. To get there from Colorado Springs, go west on Highway US-24 and turn left onto Fountain Ave. You will see signs for the Pikes Peak Highway.
Time: The round-trip journey takes about 2-3 hours, not including stops for photos and other activities.
Fuel: There are no gas stations along the highway. Be sure that you have at least 1/2 tank of gas before you start your scenic drive.
Elevation gain: The highway's entrance begins at 7,400 feet and climbs all the way up to 14,115 feet to the summit of the mountain.
2015 Hours of Operation:
|Dates||Uphill Gate Opens||Uphill Gate Closes||Pikes Peak Summit Closes||Downhill Gate Closes|
|Oct. 1 - May 22||9:00 AM||3:00 PM||4:00 PM||5:00 PM|
|May 23 - Sept. 1||7:30 AM||6:00 PM||7:00 PM||8:00 PM|
|Sept. 2 - Sept. 30||7:30 AM||5:00 PM||6:00 PM||7:00 PM|
*Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
|May 1 - Nov. 30||Dec. 1 - April 30|
|Adults (16 & Over)||$12/preson||$10/person|
|Carload Discount Rate (Up to 5 passengers)||$40/car||$35/car|
|Carload Additional Adults||$8/person||$7/person|
|Carload Additional Children||$2/person||$2/person|
Accepted forms of payment are Visa, Mastercard, Discover and cash.
Find a coupon for $2 off in the back of the Official Visitor Guide.
Weather: Be sure to check the weather before you go. Part of the highway could be closed due to snow. Always bring a jacket, even in the summer months. The temperature is, on average, close to 30 degrees cooler at the top. Find the Pikes Peak Summit forecast here: National Weather Service.
Picnic Areas: Picnic areas can be found along the highway. Look for the pull-offs with the picnic signs on the side of the road and on the map that you will receive at the tollgate.
Food & Gift Shops: Food can be purchased at the Crystal Reservoir Visitor Center, Glen Cove Inn and the Pikes Peak Summit House. Each of these location also include Gift shops.
Photo Opporunities & Stops:
Safety: For safety information visit the City's website here