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The second-most visited mountain in the world is an easy day trip from Colorado’s capital.

Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain is a 14,000-foot (4,300-meter) high mountain famed for its incredible vistas, high-altitude railroad and opportunities for adventure. It was named after explorer Zebulon Pike, who led an expedition to the area in 1806. Visit the summit of Pikes Peak at any time of the year to gaze across the spectacular Rocky Mountains. The view from here was the inspiration for Katherine Lee Bates' famed poem, America the Beautiful.

Jump on board the famous Pikes Peak Cog Railway for a 190-minute round-trip ride on the world’s highest cog railroad. The train travels beside Ruxton Creek in the Englemann Canyon, past Minnehaha Falls and on through “Hell's Gate,” a natural opening through the mountains. The final half of the trip is a steep climb up Pikes Peak and a traverse above the timberline, with views across valleys, lakes and mountain ranges. You are invited to temporarily disembark at this point but stop-offs are capped at 40 minutes to limit the effects of altitude sickness. Any headaches or feelings of nausea tend to subside on the journey back down the mountain.

If you have an adventurous spirit, climb to the summit on foot via the spectacular Barr Trail, but be warned: it’s not an easy hike. The 12-plus miles (19 kilometers) of gravel trail ascends more than 7,800 feet (2,400 meters). You will wind your way through forests, across meadows, over creeks and up rocky ascents. It can take anywhere between six and 10 hours. Hikers are advised to never attempt the climb alone or during bad weather.

While Pikes Peak is open all year round, it is best to visit in spring and summer. In winter, sections of the railroad can be blocked by snow and the weather drops below 10 F (-12 C) at the summit. There is a small restaurant at the top, but it can get busy so pack a lunch if you don’t want to wait in line. It’s also wise to book tickets for the cog railway online in advance.

Pikes Peak is about 70 miles (113 kilometers) south of Denver. The area around the mountain is popular with outdoor adventurers, particularly for hiking and white-water rafting. If you have a car, you can drive to the Pikes Peak summit via the toll road. The 38-mile (61-kilometer) round-trip ride takes about two hours. Parking at the top is limited.

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Beautiful Custom Log Home in the Mountains- Great for Large Families
Beautiful Custom Log Home in the Mountains- Great for Large Families
Cripple Creek, CO
Stay at this vacation home in Cripple Creek. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and an in-room DVD player. Popular attractions Pikes Peak and Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Absolutely wonderful!
"We picked this home after deciding to stay in a part of Colorado we have not experienced as a family. So happy with our choice. The house was wonderful! The owners were fantastic and worked hard to make our stay perfect, which it really was. The property has hiking trails which we really used and ..."

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Relax at Hidden Falls Cabin ★ Hot tub ★ Outdoor shower ★ Backs to Wilderness
Relax at Hidden Falls Cabin ★ Hot tub ★ Outdoor shower ★ Backs to Wilderness
Cascade, CO
Stay at this cabin in Cascade. Enjoy WiFi, a spa tub, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods are located nearby. Discover ...
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"Such a fun get away. Great location, easy access to many fun nearby activities. Beautiful home, very comfortable beds, plenty of space for everyone. The kids enjoyed it so much that they named the home their "Cascade Castle Cabin"."

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2022

Relax at Hidden Falls Cabin ★ Hot tub ★ Outdoor shower ★ Backs to Wilderness
Charming, historic, Creekside Cabin nestled at the base of Pikes Peak in Cascade
Charming, historic, Creekside Cabin nestled at the base of Pikes Peak in Cascade
Cascade, CO
Stay at this family-friendly cabin in Cascade. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Loved this place and the hosts!
"The cabin was wonderful. The location was beautiful. We couldn't have asked for better hosts. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2021

Charming, historic, Creekside Cabin nestled at the base of Pikes Peak in Cascade
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Beautiful Custom Log Home in the Mountains- Great for Large Families
Beautiful Custom Log Home in the Mountains- Great for Large Families
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Beautiful Custom Log Home in the Mountains- Great for Large Families
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Relax at Hidden Falls Cabin ★ Hot tub ★ Outdoor shower ★ Backs to Wilderness
Cascade, CO
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Charming, historic, Creekside Cabin nestled at the base of Pikes Peak in Cascade
Charming, historic, Creekside Cabin nestled at the base of Pikes Peak in Cascade
Cascade, CO
Charming, historic, Creekside Cabin nestled at the base of Pikes Peak in Cascade
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Historic Olde Poste in Cascade
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Historic Olde Poste in Cascade
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Cascade Ranger Station
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NEW! Cripple Creek Retreat w/ Incredible Mtn Views
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NEW! Cripple Creek Retreat w/ Incredible Mtn Views
Hwy 24 Unit 2A
Hwy 24 Unit 2A
3 out of 5
8040 U.S. 24, 2A, Cascade, CO, 80809
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Hwy 24 Unit 1A
Hwy 24 Unit 1A
3.5 out of 5
8040 U.S. 24, 1A, Cascade, CO, 80809
Hwy 24 Unit 1A
The Cascade Room is a cozy creekside accommodation at the base of Pikes Peak.
The Cascade Room is a cozy creekside accommodation at the base of Pikes Peak.
Cascade, CO
The Cascade Room is a cozy creekside accommodation at the base of Pikes Peak.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.