Plan Colorado’s Perfect Adventure in the Pikes Peak Region

Home to more than 55 amazing and unforgettable attractions and activities, it’s easy to make plans for a day trip, long weekend or full-on vacation escape.

Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region have welcomed travelers from across the globe for over a century.  With the closing of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cog Railway for the 2018 season, there are a variety of ways to experience the glory of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, revel in scenic train rides and play at family-friendly attractions. 

Summit America’s Mountain

Visitors looking to make it to the 14,115-foot summit of the second-most visited mountain in the world have a few options. Drive the 19-mile twists and turns of the Pikes Peak Highway. The paved road travels through five different life zones and offers many photo-worthy stops. A handful of local tour operators offer shuttle and bus rides that can be booked in advance.

More adventurous visitors can hike Barr Trail. The 26.2-mile round trip journey isn’t for the faint of heart. The difficult trek has a 7,800-foot elevation gain and temperatures at the summit can reach well below freezing, so plan accordingly. Bicycle up or book a journey with Challenge Unlimited or Pikes Peak Bike Tours to join fellow two-wheel enthusiasts in the van ride up followed by a guided cycling trip down, often followed by lunch.

Ride Scenic Train Tracks

Climb aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad for one of the state’s most breathtaking experiences. Passengers can choose from several car classes, dining options and even special-event rides that range from murder mysteries to wine tastings. The excursion totals two and a half hours along the waters of the Arkansas River and stops beneath the Royal Gorge Bridge suspended 956-feet above. Head to the Open-Air Car for a fresh breath of mountain air.

Open from Memorial Day through October 7, the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad transport travelers back in time to the mining days of the Pikes Peak or Bust Gold Rush. The historic steam engine departs every 40 minutes to showcase a four-mile round trip of this dynamic ghost town. The coal-fired locomotives are also pet-friendly.

Soak in Panoramic Views

The Pikes Peak region is well known for epic outdoor adventure and recreational opportunities. From waterfall hikes to zip lines, there are countless photo-worthy stops to add to a trip. The Broadmoor Seven Falls sits in a natural box canyon deemed the “grandest mile of scenery in Colorado.” Take the 224 stairs to two beautiful hiking trails.

Spelunk in centuries-old caverns or drop into Williams Canyon at 100 miles per hour at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Head to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to hand-feed one of the largest giraffe herds in captivity before soaking in the city views below on the Mountaineer Sky Ride.  Walk the wooden planks of North America’s highest suspension bridge and dine 1,230-feet above the Royal Gorge before taking a gondola or zip line ride across this impressive geologic wonder.

Pikes Peak - America’s Mountain

Pikes Peak - America’s Mountain

Pikes Peak is America's Mountain and home of the Pikes Peak Highway The Pikes Peak Highway entrance is conveniently located 15 minutes west…

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Barr Trail (Pikes Peak)

Barr Trail (Pikes Peak)

Use of Trail: Hiking/BikingLength: 12 + Miles to the summit, 26.2 Miles Roundtrip Duration: 6-10 Hour Hike Trail Difficulty:…

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Pikes Peak Bike Tours

Pikes Peak Bike Tours

Get ready for adventure! If you are looking for a fun, adventurous way to experience Colorado, Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Tours can provide you…

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Challenge Unlimited

Challenge Unlimited

Pikes Peak by Bike…Back in the 1800's Zebulon Pike never dreamed that someday people would ride bikes down the peak that bears his name. On…

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Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Royal Gorge Route Railroad

The Royal Gorge Route Railroad traverses the narrows of the Royal Gorge deep within the granite cliffs that soar more than 1,000 feet above…

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Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad

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The Broadmoor Seven Falls

The Broadmoor Seven Falls

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Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Open 365. Bigger, better and more awe-inspiring than ever before.Surprise. Thrills. Awe. You never know what you'll come across at the Royal…

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