The Ultimate Pikes Peak Challenge

The Ultimate Pikes Peak Challenge

Complete these fun and exciting challenges to earn your own adventure badges. Are you up for the challenge?


*Please Note - Pikes Peak is currently closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic past Devil's Playground through May 23 while construction of the new Summit Visitor Center is completed. You can still drive and hike up to Devil's Playground for the time being*

  • Throughout the closure and weather permitting, Pikes Peak Highway visitors will be able to park at Devil's Playground where they can enjoy views from 13,500 feet and hike various trails.
  • Hikers will not be able to access the summit and must be prepared to hike back down either the Crags Trail or Barr Trail.
  • Signage indicating the temporary summit closure will be present on both trails.
  • The new Summit Visitor Center is expected to open in early summer 2021.

Welcome to the Pikes Peak Wonders Region, home of Pikes Peak - America's Mountain. 2021 is an exciting year with lots of new and exciting adventures to embark on. All aboard the iconic Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway as it makes its triumphant return to the mountain after four years of repairs and upgrades. Once you've made it to the summit, explore the brand-new Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center that is full of interactive exhibits, 365 degrees of breathtaking views and, of course, those famous summit donuts! 

We created a list of 25 challenges to see who has what it takes to call themself a true Pikes Peak Adventurer. As you complete challenges, you can earn awesome merit badges to wear with pride and show the world that you conquered America's Mountain. The official challenge launches this June, with an app to track your progress and keep score. Until then, peruse the challenges below and see if you have what it takes!

The Ultimate Pikes Peak Challenges

  1. Visit the Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center
  2. Ride the Broadmoor Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway to the Summit of Pikes Peak
  3. Drive the Pikes Peak Highway
  4. Take a guided tour up the Pikes Peak Highway
  5. Ride your bike up the Pikes Peak Highway
  6. Take a guided bike tour down the Pikes Peak Highway with Challenge Unlimited or Pikes Peak Bike Tours
  7. Fish at one of the reservoirs on America’s Mountain
  8. Hike from Green Mountain Falls to the Catamount Reservoirs
  9. Canoe, kayak or paddleboard at a reservoir on Pikes Peak
  10. Hike or fish in the South Slope Recreation Area
  11. Ascend the Manitou Incline
  12. Hike to the summit via Barr Trail or The Crags Trail
  13. Stay overnight at Barr Camp
  14. Stop at Crystal Reservoir gift shop
  15. Stop at Glen Cove gift shop and candy store
  16. Devour a donut at the Pikes Peak Visitor Center
  17. Walk to the end of the viewing platform at the summit
  18. Hike all or part of the Ring the Peak Trail
  19. Attend or watch the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
  20. Volunteer for or enter the Pikes Peak Ascent & Marathon
  21. Stay overnight in Manitou Springs
  22. Dine, shop and play in Manitou Springs
  23. Sample the mineral waters in Manitou Springs
  24. Follow Care for Colorado principles and Leave No Trace
  25. Find the Bigfoot crossing sign on the Pikes Peak Highway


Check out our awesome merit badges you can win when you complete challenges!

Pikes Peak - America’s Mountain

Pikes Peak - America’s Mountain

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Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce

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The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway

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Angler’s Covey

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Manitou Incline

Manitou Incline

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Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

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Sunday, May 16, 2021
Light rain in the evening and overnight.
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Chance of Rain 77%
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Monday, May 17, 2021
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Tuesday, May 18, 2021
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