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Pikes Peak, America’s most famous mountain, is the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The ultra-prominent mountain is located in Pike National Forest and is one of Colorado’s 53 famous fourteener’s, reaching 14,115 feet above sea level. The mountain rises 8,000 feet above downtown Colorado Springs and is a designated National Historical Landmark.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAExploring the Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs is a great place for your next family vacation. This region includes popular mountain towns including Manitou Springs, Cripple Creek and Canon City. During the journey up the mountain, there are several visitor centers on Pikes Peak, some with a  gift shop and restaurant. There are multiple ways to ascent the mountain including the Manitou and Pike’s Peak Railway which operate from Manitou Springs to the summit year-round, conditions permitting. Automobiles can be driven to the summit visit the Pikes Peak Highway, a 19 mile road that starts a few miles up Ute Pass at Cascade. This safe, scenic highway allows you to enjoy Pikes Peak at your leisure.

 

pikes-peak-3You’ll encounter some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, mountain reservoirs and travel above the clouds. Along the way, you’ll pass the North Slope Recreation Area, Crystal Reservoir Gift Shop, Historic Glen Cove Inn and the Summit House. Here you’ll find three lakes with access to fishing, picnic areas, hiking trails and stunning views.