COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Today, May 22, marks the first day of summer hours on Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain. From now through Sept. 30, the gates open at 7:30 a.m. and last entry is at 6 p.m. Guests are asked to leave the summit by 7 p.m. and exit the downhill gate by 8 p.m. Today also marks the return of mandatory shuttle service for guests seeking to reach the summit. As has been the case during the last two summer seasons, parking at the summit is extremely limited due to construction of the Pikes Peak Summit Complex.
Only vehicles with a disability placard or license plate and vehicles with young children in car seats will be allowed to park on the summit. All other guests will be required to take a shuttle from the 16-mile parking area or the 13-mile parking lot. There is no additional charge for the shuttle.
In response to COVID-19, modifications are being applied to shuttle service. This includes physical distancing for all waiting lines, less than 50 percent capacity in each shuttle and increased cleaning and disinfection of shuttles throughout the day. For the safety of all staff and guests, face coverings are required for all guests riding the shuttle, drivers and parking attendants. Guests who do not have a face covering to use in the shuttle will only be allowed to drive to the 16-mile parking area. Face coverings are available for purchase at the gift shops.
Guests are encouraged to purchase admission tickets online in advance of their visit. There is a 20 percent discount for guests who purchase one-day admission tickets online during the month of May using discount code “May20.” As always, access is weather permitting and visitors should call 719-385-7325 for the most up-to-date road conditions. Refunds are not available.
In addition to the summit, there are other areas to explore on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, including the North Slope Recreation Area, which features numerous opportunities for hiking, biking, as well as three reservoirs for fishing and boating. A free parking permit is required for access to the Catamount Reservoirs. These permits can be reserved online and a limited quantity is available at the Gateway on a first-come basis.
The South Slope Recreation Area is set to open June 4, weather permitting. Use of this area is by permit only. Registration opens May 28. It is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
For more information about Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, including updates on the Pikes Peak Summit Complex, visit www.pikespeakcolorado.com.