Pikes Peak

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Pikes Peak stands at 14,110 feet above sea level and provides a beautiful backdrop for the Colorado Springs area. This popular tourist destination does provide for some good montane birding. There are many trails that can be hiked where typical montane species can be found. Also, Dusky Grouse, White-tailed Ptarmigan and all three Rosy-Finches can be found on the peak (Brown-capped Rosy-Finch in summer, the others in late fall and early spring). The higher elevations are also an excellent place to find the cute little hampster-like animal called the pika, which is a relative of the rabbit. A cog railway ascends the mountain in the summer months.

County: El Paso
Attractions: Scenery, driving above 14,000 feet

Habitat: Mixed-Conifer Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Spruce-Fir Forest, Alpine Tundra

Directions: From I-25 go west on Highway 24 (exit 141) approximately 9.5 miles to the Pikes Peak Toll Road exit. There are stop lights at this intersection and you will turn left and follow the signs directing you to the Pikes Peak Toll road.

Delorme: 62 B2
Roads of Colorado: 104 C1

Dates of Access: Open all year, but snow may block access in winter
Hours: 0
Ownership: US Forest Service, managed by city
Admission: $10/person

Restrictions: Hiking can be a hazardous activity; bring raingear and water, and avoid thunderstorms
Parking: Paved lots
Lodging: Tent camping

Handicapped: Yes
Handicapped Access: Some car viewing and easy walking trails

Elevation: 7400
Latitude: 38.84042
Longitude: -105.0434

Amenities

RestroomsYes
Drinking FountainYes
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsNo
Platform/BlindNo
BoardwalkNo
ConcessionYes
Visitor CenterYes
Gift ShopYes
PrimitiveNo
Camping
PicnicYes
Hunting
Fishing