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Pikes-Peak is a mountain located in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in central Colorado. It's within the Pike National Forest, 10 miles west of the city of Colorado Springs. Pikes Peak is the easternmost of Colorado's "fourteeners," which are mountains within the state that rise above 14,000 feet. At 14,115 feet, Pikes Peak is a designated National Historic Landmark. Pikes Peak is not the highest mountain in Colorado, but it's one of the most well-known. This is due, in part, to the song "America the Beautiful." In 1893, while in Colorado Springs to teach a summer session at Colorado Collage, Professor Katharine Lee Bates took a trip by carriage to the summit of Pikes Peak. She was so moved by the experience, she wrote a poem that became the opening lines of "America the Beautiful." Later she said, "I wrote the entire song on my return that evening to Colorado Springs." Today, one of the best ways to experience the mountain is to take the Cog Railway to the summit. On the way up, the train follows a cascading stream through dense forest and boulder fields. You'll pass the old settlement of Ruston Park and what is known as "Hell Gate," a natural gateway in the mountains. As you climb above the timberline, the views become even more spectacular. To the east stretch the Great Plains, to the south, the Sangre de Christo Range, and to the southwest lies the Collegiate Range. Pikes Peak is also home to one of the largest herds of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep in the state. On the summit, you're allowed 30-40 minutes before the return trip back down. Any longer, and most people begin to feel the effects of high altitude, such as slight nausea and headache. It's an experience of a lifetime - and one of Colorado's most visited tourist attractions.

Surrounding areas: Cascade, Colorado (5.5 mi), Manitou Springs, Colorado (5.6 mi), Chipita Park, Colorado (9.0 mi), Colorado Springs, Colorado (10.1 mi), Cripple Creek, Colorado (10.5 mi), Divide, Colorado (11.4 mi), Woodland Park, Colorado (12.2 mi)

Pikes Peak Vacation Rentals

Pikes Peak Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Castaways Inn & Suites1031107 Manitor AveManitou Springs, CO5.6 mi.(719) 685-3300
The Cliff House At Pikes Peak306 Canon AveManitou Springs, CO5.6 mi.(719) 685-3000
Manitou Springs Super 8 Motel Inc229 Manitou AveManitou Springs, CO6.5 mi.(719) 685-5898
Super 8 Motel - Pike's Peak #3156229 Manitou AveManitou Springs, CO6.5 mi.(719) 685-5898
Comfort Inn Of Manitou Springs45 Manitou AveManitou Springs, CO6.8 mi.(719) 685-5455
Red Wing Motel56 El Paso BlvdManitou Springs, CO6.9 mi.(800) 733-9547
Beverly Hills Motel6 El Paso BlvdColorado Springs, CO7.1 mi.(719) 632-0386
The Broadmoor1 Lake AveColorado Springs, CO8.9 mi.(719) 577-5781
Holiday Inn Express725 W CimarronColorado Springs, CO9.0 mi.(719) 473-5530
Clarion Hotel Downtown Colorado Springs314 W Bijou StColorado Springs, CO9.6 mi.(719) 471-8680
Colorado Springs Motel1116 S Nevada AveColorado Springs, CO10.0 mi.(719) 632-7780
Marriott Towneplace Suites4760 Centennial BlvdColorado Springs, CO10.0 mi.(719) 594-4447
Best Wetern Pikes Peak Inn3010 N Chestnut StColorado Springs, CO10.1 mi.(719) 636-5201
Econo Lodge1623 S Nevada AveColorado Springs, CO10.1 mi.(800) 553-2666
Howard Johnson Express Inn1231 S Nevada AveColorado Springs, CO10.1 mi.(719) 634-1545
Motel 63228 N Chestnut StColorado Springs, CO10.1 mi.(719) 520-5400
Stagecoach Motel1647 S Nevada AveColorado Springs, CO10.1 mi.(719) 633-3894
Super 8 Motel3270 N Chestnut StColorado Springs, CO10.1 mi.(719) 632-2681
Travelodge1703 S Nevada AveColorado Springs, CO10.1 mi.(719) 632-7077
Adams Mark Colorado Springs4 S Cascade Palmer CTRColorado Springs, CO10.2 mi.(719) 473-5600
Amerisuites503 W Gdn Of The GodsColorado Springs, CO10.2 mi.(719) 265-9385
Apollo Park Executive Suites805 South Cir Dr # 2-BColorado Springs, CO10.2 mi.(800) 279-3620
Camelback Pointe3630 Rialto HTSColorado Springs, CO10.2 mi.(800) 352-5804
Cheyenne Mountain Resort3225 Broad Moor Valley RdColorado Springs, CO10.2 mi.(800) 428-8886
Days Inn2117 Aeotech DrColorado Springs, CO10.2 mi.(719) 638-8005
Doubletree Hotel World Arena1775 E Cheyenne Mtn BlvdColorado Springs, CO10.2 mi.(719) 576-8900
Econo Lodge City Centre714 N NevadaColorado Springs, CO10.2 mi.(719) 636-3385
Econo Lodge Garden Of The Gods430W GDN Of The Gods RdColorado Springs, CO10.2 mi.(719) 532-1010
Hampton Inn & Suites Colorado Springs North At Interquest1307 Republic DrColorado Springs, CO10.2 mi.(719) 339-3535
Hampton Inn I-25 North7245 Commerce Ctr DrColorado Springs, CO10.2 mi.(719) 593-9700
Howard Johnson Inn8280 Hwy 83Colorado Springs, CO10.2 mi.(719) 598-6700
Microtel Inn & Suites7265 Commerce CTR DrColorado Springs, CO10.2 mi.(719) 598-7500
Pikes Peak Motor Rodeway Inn2409 E Pike PeakColorado Springs, CO10.2 mi.(719) 471-0990
Pine Bluffs6470 Timber BLFS PTColorado Springs, CO10.2 mi.(800) 352-5804
Ramada Inn North4440 I-25 NColorado Springs, CO10.2 mi.(719) 594-0700
Ramada Inn-colorado Springs3125 Sinton RdColorado Springs, CO10.2 mi.(719) 633-5541
Retreat At Cheyenne Mountain1735 Presidential HTSColorado Springs, CO10.2 mi.(800) 352-5804
Travelodge Of Colorado Springs2625 Ore ML RdColorado Springs, CO10.2 mi.(719) 632-4600
Value Inn & Suites6875 Space VLG AveColorado Springs, CO10.2 mi.(719) 596-5588
Holiday Inn Express Cripple Creek601 E GalenaCripple Creek, CO10.2 mi.(719) 689-3234
Bed & Breakfast
Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn1102 W Pikes Peak AveColorado Springs, CO9.0 mi.(719) 471-3980
The St Mary's Inn-Bed And Breakfast530 N Nevada AveColorado Springs, CO10.2 mi.(719) 540-2222

Pikes Peak Weather & Climate

Central Colorado has a more complex climate than most states in the United States. Even places a few miles apart can experience entirely different weather. The valleys are classified as a semi-arid, continental climate, which becomes a mountain or alpine climate at higher elevations. Humid microclimates may also exist in some places. Abundant sunshine and low humidity is typical in all areas. Summers are mild, and thunderstorms can cause a sudden drop in temperature. Winters are cold and snowy, especially in the higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains. Solar radiation penetrates the thin atmosphere high in the mountains, which results in very pleasant temperatures during the winter. This is why skiers are often pictured in very light clothing, even though they're surrounded by snow.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 32°F 4°F 0.57 in. -
February 34°F 5°F 0.72 in. -
March 38°F 10°F 1.89 in. -
April 44°F 18°F 3.15 in. -
May 54°F 28°F 2.67 in. -
June 65°F 35°F 2.51 in. -
July 70°F 39°F 3.72 in. -
August 68°F 38°F 4.00 in. -
September 62°F 31°F 1.64 in. -
October 52°F 22°F 1.25 in. -
November 39°F 12°F 0.99 in. -
December 33°F 5°F 0.94 in. -

Pikes Peak Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the City Of Colorado Springs Municipal airport (COS) located about 16 miles east of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Meadow Lake airport (00V) located approximately 25 miles east of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Fremont County airport (1V6) located roughly 27 miles south of Pikes Peak in Canon City, Colorado, and finally the Pueblo Memorial airport (PUB) located around 46 miles southeast of Pikes Peak in Pueblo, Colorado.

Pikes Peak Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Santa's WorkshopCascadeCO5.6 mi.
Lakeside Amusement ParkDenverCO63.4 mi.
Six Flags Elitch GardensDenverCO63.4 mi.
Fish 'n Farm at Heritage SquareGoldenCO65.5 mi.
Mile High Flea MarketHendersonCO73.4 mi.
Water Parks
Hyland Hills Water WorldFederal HeightsCO71.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Stratton Golf ClubStrattonCO9.0 mi.
Appletree Golf ClubColorado SpringsCO10.2 mi.
Cherokee Ridge Golf CourseColorado SpringsCO10.2 mi.
Gleneagle Golf ClubColorado SpringsCO10.2 mi.
Patty Jewett Golf ClubColorado SpringsCO10.2 mi.
Pine Creek Golf ClubColorado SpringsCO10.2 mi.
Springs Ranch Golf ClubColorado SpringsCO10.2 mi.
Valley Hi Municipal Golf CourseColorado SpringsCO10.2 mi.
Shining Mountain Golf ClubWoodland ParkCO11.9 mi.
Cheyenne Shadows Golf CourseFort CarsonCO13.9 mi.
Golf Club at Bear DanceLarkspurCO28.4 mi.
Ski Areas
LovelandGeorgetownCO71.4 mi.
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridgeCO71.6 mi.
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO75.0 mi.
Winter ParkWinter ParkCO84.2 mi.
Beaver CreekVailCO92.4 mi.
VailVailCO92.4 mi.
AspenAspenCO100.4 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO100.4 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO100.4 mi.
TiehackAspenCO100.4 mi.
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO106.5 mi.
American Numismatic Association Money MuseumColorado SpringsCO10.2 mi.(Technology)
Tesla Museum and LibraryColorado SpringsCO10.2 mi.(Technology)
SpielArts. Figurative Fine Art & PrintsColorado SpringsCO10.2 mi.(Art)
Colorado Springs MuseumColorado SpringsCO10.2 mi.(History)
Edward J. Peterson Air and Space MuseumColorado SpringsCO10.2 mi.(History)
Monarch Art GalleryVictorCO10.4 mi.(Art)
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource CenterWoodland ParkCO12.2 mi.(History)
American Hall of Heroes MuseumPuebloCO44.8 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Cheyenne Mountain Zoological ParkColorado SpringsCO10.2 mi.
Pueblo ZooPuebloCO44.8 mi.
Denver Zoological GardensDenverCO63.4 mi.

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