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Pikes Peak Highway Scenic Drive


Pikes Peak Toll Road Scenic Drive Map, Colorado. Click here to go to the Pikes Peak National Landmark page Click here to go to the Manitou Springs town page Click here to go to the Chipita Park town page Click here to go ot the Green Mountain Falls town page Click here for the Lakeside Cottages web page Click here to go to Cascade Town Page Click to go to the Map Legend

Pikes Peak Toll Road Scenic Drive near Cascade, Chipita Park, Deckers, Green Mountain Falls, Manitou Springs, Pikes Peak Area, Woodland Park

Pikes Peak Toll Road Scenic Drive

Pikes Peak Toll Road starts at Cascade and winds 12.42 miles to the summit of Pikes Peak. Expect to spend approximately two hours round trip to the top and back.

Car driving along the Pikes Peak Scenic Drive, Colorado.
The Pikes Peak Toll Road Scenic Drive winds itself up to the top of Pikes Peak
Adults hiking along the Pikes Peak Toll Road Scenic Byway, Colorado.
The views are amazing along the Pikes Peak Toll Road Scenic Drive

Reservations Required to Visit the Summit: From the Friday before Memorial Day through September 30, a "Timed Entry Permit" is required to drive to the summit. This permit allows you to select a two-hour window to drive straight to the summit and then hike and take photos on your way down the mountain. If you do not purchase this permit, your vehicle will not be allowed past the parking lot at Mile 16 (Devils Playground). This permit costs an additional $2 per vehicle and is in addition to the tollgate fees noted below. For additional information or to purchase the summit permit (admission), please refer to the City of Colorado Springs Pikes Peak.

There is a toll to drive the highway ranging from $5 to $50 May-November and $5 to $35 December-April. Those who have National Park passes will still have to pay the toll, as it is not a designated National Park. The highway may be closed during winter for bad weather.

If the family is getting restless, a good stop along the way is at Halfway Picnic Grounds. There are other picnic areas along the byway to stop at so if you want to stop earlier or later, you can.

Biking the Pikes Peak Toll Road Scenic Drive in Colorado.
Biking the Pikes Peak Toll Road is a Great Way to Experience the Beauty of Pikes Peak

Activities to do along the way include fishing in Crystal Creek Reservoir and hiking at various trails. While you cannot hike along the highway, you can hike up to Pikes Peak along Barr Trail. Take the necessary precautions with this method; visit our Colorado Fun Facts page for Helpful Hints on altitude awareness.

No matter how you journey this spectacle of the Rocky Mountain region, Pikes Peak will energize and refresh your spirit. This truly is, as Katherine Lee Bates described, "America the Beautiful."

Location: From I-25, turn west onto US 24. The Toll Road starts just outside of Cascade.

Places to Stay & Fun Things to Do

Colorado Springs - Olympic City USA Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Colorado Springs is Olympic City USA! Pikes Peak inspired the song America the Beautiful. Visitors find plenty to explore and experience: outdoor adventures, affordable lodging, mountains, and 55 attractions!
Green Mountain Falls Vacation Rentals Photos on page icon New Colorado business icon
OUTDOOR HOT TUBS! Green Mountain Falls is central to Manitou Springs, Woodland Park, Colorado Springs. Lakeside cottage vacation rentals. Walk to lake fishing, winter ice staking, in our mountain town.
Lone Duck Campground, Cabins and Fishing Pond Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Denver Post: Top 10 Campground. Lone Duck is hidden in a restful valley near Pikes Peak, by a stream, away from city lights. Mountain views from every cabin and campsite. Fishing pond. Heated pool. WiFi.
Pikes Peak Guest Cabin at Rocky Mountain Lodge Web page link icon Photos on page icon New Colorado business icon
Cozy rocky mountain guest cabin suite in Cascade at base of Pikes Peak. Romance Packages, Adults Only, King Bed, Kitchenette, Outdoor Hot Tub. Near Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Woodland Park.
Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Tours -- An Unforgettable Journey Web page link icon Photos on page icon
We cater to all skill levels. Breathtaking views of Pikes Peak by mountain bike! Our Tours are fun, safe, adventures for all who LOVE the great outdoors. Necessary equipment and transportation are provided.
Rockhound ATV Tours Guided Web page link icon Photos on page icon
A Family adventure! A rugged ATV ride into Pike National Forest, our guided tours give you an exclusive look into the local history of Pikes Peak along our backcountry trails. Rockhound also offers ATV rentals.

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Pikes Peak Area, Colorado includes: Cascade, Chipita Park, Deckers, Green Mountain Falls, Manitou Springs, Woodland Park

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