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Garden of the Gods Foothills Jeep Tour from Colorado Springs
"Tours head out of town via North Cheyenne Canyon and into the foothills of Pike's Peak and the Rocky Mountains. Our tour stops at Helen Hunt Falls for a brief visit to a classic Colorado water fall 2000 feet above Colorado Springs. Above the falls your tour route joins the Shortline Railroad grade traversing through two historic rail road tunnels and offering spectacular vistas. The views over the city and out to the plains and beyond inspired the song ""America the Beautiful"".At the end of the rail road grade is what civilization was 100 years ago. Our tour drives through the historic districts of Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. Your guide will point out the oldest bu"""Join us on our most popular tour! This foothills tour highlights Colorado Springs' most well known landmarks including Pike's Peak and Garden of the Gods. Our knowledgeable guides unique Colorado history and amazing scenery will provide an adventure you'll never forget."title=Highlights&1=Choice+of+morning+or+afternoon+departure&2=Family+friendly&3=Multiple+times+offered+throughout+the+day&4=Step+back+in+time+on+a+history+tour&5=Led+by+a+local+guide&6=Perfect+introduction+for+first-time+visitors
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Private Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver
"Sightseeing/Drive Itinerary. As we rise out of the Great Plains valley and climb toward the mountains the area provides fantastic viewpoints over the city. Our visit to Red Rocks Amphitheatre will astonish and amaze as it is “the only naturally-occurring acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world”*. It has been a centerpiece of cultural and concert events since 1941. After your visit including a walk through the visitor center which documents many of the concerts over the years you may be inspired to attend one of the many events that take place throughout the summer.We then climb to Lookout Mountain. Colorado is full of western stories and lore including that of the infamous Buffalo Bill Cody. His grave and a museum dedicated to his legacy
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Denver Mountain Parks with Optional Denver City Tour
"After morning pickup from your Denver hotel or Cherry Creek Shopping Center in central Denver head west through the Rocky Mountain foothills in your comfortable air-conditioned coach. Learn from your guide about the history and geology of Denver's mountain parks a system of more than 14000 acres (5665 hectares) of recreational land just outside the city. Visit Red Rocks Park and walk around admiring the towering sandstone rock formations formed nearly 300 million years ago. The park's dramatic natural amphitheater is a popular venue for con passing idyllic mountain towns and keeping your camera ready for possible deer
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Pikes Peak Mountain

Pikes Peak where America the beautiful was written is the most visited mountain in the USA (I wonder how they know that little fact). You can take a cog wheeled train, drive or hike to the top on the Barr trail about 13 miles.

Every year they have a marathon race to the top and down and a well know Auto race the Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb (for Kiwi -- Rod Millen from New Zealand holds the fastest time record since 1994, 10 minutes and 4.6 seconds)

also the chipmunks at the top are so cute looking for a free handout

Elevation is 14,110 ft. or for the rest of the world 3353 meters

it is open all year, weather permitting.

summer - 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

early fall - 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

fall winter early spring - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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Ekahau
Apr 11, 2007

Pikes Peak

This is one of the stand outs for the area. Tourists and tours are available. At 14,110 feet high, it pitches right up there. The peak is relatively flat. If we could only find those pictures-much lost so far. The cog railway is available for trek to the top. It has been in operation 100 years.
UNTIL I CAN FIND THE "LOST" PICTURES, I AM PRESENTING THE BROCHURES SINCE THIS IS SUCH A FABULOUS SITE TO TOUR.

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BruceDunning
Oct 06, 2009

Pikes Peak is a very large...

Pikes Peak is a very large part of the COS landscape. At over 14,000 feet, Pikes Peak grants quite a view of the city. You can drive up to the summit by car, hike up, or take the cog railway located in Manitou Springs. The Bar Trail takes a while (over a day) to hike up, and is best during the late spring, summer, early fall.

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John195123
Sep 07, 2002

America the Beautiful: Pike's Peak

Not the tallest of the Rockies, this is the most famous and accessible. You can drive up to the top or take the Cog Railway (which I did). Driving, from what I've heard, is not for the faint of heart. It's probably similar to the drive up Mt Evans. The railway is quite fun. You can relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery on the way up and back, shoot photos, and possibly get to see wildlife such as marmots and bighorn sheep, which show little fear of the train.

The view from the 14,110-foot summit is truly awesome. My photos cannot do it justice. In fact, it is so striking that Katharine Lee Bates was inspired by it to pen the song America the Beautiful.

Even in summer, one should wear a light jacket or sweater. By the way, there is a Visitors Center with a small gift shop up there.

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Tom_Fields
Sep 30, 2008
 
 
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Pike's Peak Cog Railway

This is the fun way to see Pike's Peak. It's the world's highest cog railway. For those unfamiliar with this concept, the locomotive has a big "cog", or spiked wheel, in the center. The track has a middle rail with grooves cut into it. The cog's spikes use the grooves to pull the train up. It's a rather rough ride, but fun. Also, the narrator tells all about the mountain. The views are awesome, and you just might see some wildlife.

During the summer, I advise buying tickets in advance. Try to show up a little early to pick them up.

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Tom_Fields
Sep 30, 2008

Pike's Peak

Some will tell you there are bigger mountains to drive up, but none are as famous as Pike's Peak. There are two ways to the top - the Cog Railway and the Highway drive. The Cog Railway has the advantage of not having to navigate mountain driving (if that's a concern), but has the drawback that you can't get out and walk around at some of the pullouts, nor can you travel on your own schedule (it's also a little pricier). I prefer the drive, which still runs $10 per person (up to $35 per car). It's about 40 miles round trip, and that will take a couple of hours, since you will be going up (and down) some fairly steep roads. Be sure to shift into lower gears on the way down, or you'll have to pull off to the side to allow your brakes to cool (there is a station with a mandatory check). Bring a jacket as well, because it never gets too warm when you're at 14,000 foot altitudes!

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PinkFloydActuary
May 28, 2006

Pikes Peak Cog Railroad

The Pikes Peak Cog Railroad is open most of the year, weather permitting. It costs about $26, but you can get coupons online. It's a three hour round-trip tour, with a 30 minute time at the top. Which is just enough time to start feeling funky from the altitude. There is a gift shop and snack bar at the top. They are apparently famous for their high-altitude donuts. I didn't eat any. I'm quite sensitive to the rocky mountain High, so to speak. By the way, it's about 30 degrees (F) cooler at the top then in the city.

Make reservations before the trip or go at least an hour early. We didn't have reservations and got the very last seats on the train.

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Erin09340
Nov 03, 2005

Pikes Peak = America the Beautiful

This is a great place to go see. You get to the top after what seems like FOREVER and have one of the best views I've ever seen. You are standing at over 14,000 feet. You can also take a train, but I went by car. We had a friendly groundhog on the side of the road waiting to be fed. If you see him when you go, give him a sandwich scrap: We called him bear! ;)

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elizabooper
Apr 11, 2004

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Pikes Peak

Pike's Peak is one of the most famous mountains in Colorado, more for its location next to Colorado Springs than any other reason. It towers 11,140 feet above sea level and is accessible by road, rail, or trail. Both of my trips to the top were on the Cog Railway from Manitou Springs, while my dad has taken the drive from Hwy 24. Each year there is the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb auto race, or you can attempt the Pikes Peak Marathon or the Ascent (half marathon).

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Ewingjr98
Aug 09, 2006

Pikes Peak

From the second you get to Colorado Springs, you will see it. Pikes Peak, also know as Americas mountain. It is the largest mountain in Colorado Springs, and by far the most breathtaking! Pikes Peak is the most visited mountain in North America and the second most visited mountain in the world behind Japan's Mount Fuji, Pikes Peak forms a stunning backdrop for Colorado Springs and the Garden of the Gods.

Pikes Peak stands at an altitude of 14,110 feet above sea level. It is the farthest east of the big peaks in the Rocky Mountain chain, which contributed to its early fame among explorers with the slogan, "Pikes Peak or Bust".

You can drive up to the summit, which takes about 2 hours to get to the top. I suggest you be very carful driving because it can be hard on your car. It is about 38 miles up and down, so keep that in mind. Also, there are a lot of construction trucks and big rigs that use the road as well.

There are three notable events take place on the mountain each year. The Pikes Peak Marathon, the Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb and the AdAmAn Club New Years Fireworks display on December 31.

The Marathon is a 26 mile round trip race that takes place in August. People run up and down the Barr Trail and thousands show up from all over the world.

The Pikes Peak auto hill climb (the most recognized) takes place around the July 4th weekend every year. It is a little over 12 miles on a gravel road up the mountain. It is very dangerous, but very exciting as well.

The last is the AdAmAn Club New Years Fireworks display on December 31. A group of (crazy) people climb to the summit and set off fireworks at midnight. Keep in mind that Colorado is freezing in December. The fireworks can be seen from just about anywhere in the city. It is definitely an amazing show.

If you are in Colorado Springs on or around any of the events, they are a must see/do. If not, going to the summit is something you should not miss out on. After all, that is where America the Beautiful was written.

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jstocco
Jan 17, 2008

Ride the cog railway to the top of Pike's Peak

I've never taken the cog railway myself, but have seen it arrive while at the summit. People seem to enjoy the 3 plus hour journey each way on the world's highest cog railway, in use since 1891.

Catch the railway in Manitou Springs, directions below.

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basstbn
Aug 16, 2004

Pikes Peak

This mountain was the inspiration for´the song "America the beautiful" and was a symbol to the gold seekers on their way west. The peak (over 14,000 feet) is accessible by car or by train. Take a sweatshirt and a jacket with you. Although you might feel warm enough to just wear shorts at the base....believe me it IS cold at the top. Marvellous view!

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PelLihi
Mar 18, 2004

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