Driving Pikes Peak is a drive that everyone should experience at least once! The highway is a 19-mile drive with several points of interest along the way. We drove up Pikes Peak in June 2014 when our older boys were just about 3 and 19 months. Our first stop was Crystal Lake.
Our oldest made a beeline for the lake and confirmed that the water is indeed mountain water (cold!). Good thing we had a change of clothes with us! Our boys get a big kick out of throwing rocks in any body of water, so that kept them entertained for some time.
We did not make any more stops until the top, and the drive was much more precarious than I had remembered! Erick did a fantastic job driving, and we all enjoyed a treat of donuts at the gift shop. The donuts are their claim to fame. (And they taste much better after hiking the peak! I don’t think we will try hiking Pikes Peak with the boys for awhile…). It is extremely cold and windy at the summit so be prepared with jackets and hats.
The 19 mile drive down is beautiful. You need to drive in a lower gear and there are some brake checks along the way! The road does close for weather so be sure to check weather reports before driving up!
Address: 5089 Pikes Peak Highway, Cascade, CO 80809
Price: Varies depending on the number of people. Check their website as their prices fluctuate.
Website: Pikes Peak Highway