I had never been to Pikes Peak, that famous Coloradoan peak of America, The Beautiful fame. So, on a trip to Denver to visit my son we all piled into the car and took a day trip to Colorado Springs.
|The famous cog railway of Pikes Peak|
We arrived at the entrance gate to pay our fee and the gentlemen leaned in to tell us that there would be a possible delay of up to 30 minutes from mile marker 11 to 14 due to an adult tricycle race. What?! I'm immediately thinking of the 3 wheeled bicycles with baskets that are popular with the retired set in Florida. We had no idea what to expect! So up we went. And up and up and up....
|America the Beautiful marker|
We made a couple stops at some of the pull-offs to see the views. (We didn't run into any adult tricycle racing yet) We made it to the top and got out of the car just as one of the cog railways was arriving which was pretty cool to see. We took in all the views and read all the historical plaques and markers. As one does at the top of Pikes Peak.
|Zebulon Pike marker|
We even experienced a few snow flurries at the top! All in all, a very cool experience with awesome views.
Sure enough, on the way down we were stopped and told it would be about 30 minutes while the adult tricycle races went on. What else to do but park and watch? Here's what they looked like.
And I didn't even know it was a thing! They really seemed to be having fun though I'm not sure I would chance using hay bales as barriers on the roads of Pikes Peak! So we ended up with a two for one special - at drive up Pikes Peak and an adult tricycle race. It's always an adventure!
Things to know about Pikes Peak
Elevation is 14,114 feet so don't chance it if you have health problems where elevation is an issue
If you book online beforehand at www.pikes-peak.com the entrance fee is $10.80 per adult. You can also find out much more information on Pikes Peak and the surrounding area there.
The Pikes Peak Cog Railway takes 3 1/2 hours round trip and currently costs $37 per adult and $20 per child. The train station is located in Manitou Springs, CO and parking is $5
You can also hike up or ride a bike up Pikes Peak if you are so inclined.
There is a gift shop, snack bar, and restrooms located at the top but no other food facilities on the way up or down
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