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Come discover America's Mountain with this audio driving tour.
The tour begins at the Pikes Peak Tollgate west of Colorado Springs on Highway 24 just before Cascade-Chipita Park. There, you will start your drive at 7,800-feet above sea level. The route follows Pikes Peak Highway as it ascends 19 miles to an elevation of 14,115 feet at the summit.
Along the way you will be treated to an experience which is miles above the ordinary. In order to get a better appreciation of the mountain, this tour will introduce you to Colorado history such as the 1862 Homestead Act, local ecology to help you identify the white-barked aspen trees and ponderosa pines, Pikes Peak geology of how glaciers created the landscapes you enjoy today, and many recreation opportunities to have along the route.
The winding route up Pikes Peak takes you to Crowe Gulch, Halfway Picnic Grounds, Glen Cove, Devil’s Playground, Ute Pass and of course, the summit. At the summit you will not only have a view of five states but also world-famous donuts waiting at the Summit View House.
Every journey on Pikes Peak is unique. We hope you enjoy it!
This tour is presented by The Pikes Peak Rangers.
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As you round this next corner you are presented with a view of the now closed Pikes Peak Ski Area on the right side of the road. The area was operational from 1939 to 1984 and now only shorter-than-average Engelmann spruce trees are left to mark the former ski area's runs. The Pikes Peak Ski Area struggled with minimal snowfall for many years. Most of our snow, when it does fall, falls late in the ski season, in April and May. Very cold temperatures and frequent strong winds coupled with the steepness of the road made travel difficult for skiers when it did snow. Finally, in 1984, the owners gave up on the struggle and the ski area's buildings were used by firefighters for practice exercises. Downhill skiing is still a popular activity on Pikes Peak, mostly taking place on the steeper treeless slopes, now behind you, and often into mid-June to take advantage of the spring snowfall. A temporary office building used for the summit construction project is located in the former ski area's parking lot and the area is now commonly used to stage building materials and rock, with smaller trucks typically being used to haul above this point. Large rocks create a nice pullout on the right side of the road on the next left turn at the bottom of the ski area straightaway. From here you can see the continental divide, the mountains in the far background. Included in this view is Mt. Elbert. At 14,433 feet, Elbert is the highest mountain in Colorado, although it is hard to distinguish it from the other mountains at this distance. Sister of Charity Rock perches upon the ridge in the foreground looking like a nun, turned to the left and frozen in time. If you missed this pullout, try stopping in the large one about a mile further down the road and on the left. There is a quarter-operated binocular viewer on the right side of the road opposite this pullout which is called 11-mile Water Station. At one time there was a water spigot here where drivers could top off their radiators. If you walk about fifty feet past the binocular viewer there are some rocks -- up which a bit of scrambling provides a very nice view of the reservoirs to the north.