COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Shuttle service for nearly all visitors seeking access to the summit of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain will return starting Friday (May 24). First utilized in 2018, the temporary, complimentary shuttles are being reinstated due to limited parking capacity in the summit lot while the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex is under construction. The shuttle service is expected to operate through mid-October.
“The shuttle service is critical to providing a safe and accessible experience for all visitors who wish to enjoy the summit during the increasingly popular summer season,” said Jack Glavan, Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain manager. “We invite visitors to sit back, relax and enjoy our spectacular views while we do the driving for them.”
Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain welcomed a record 597,233 visitors in 2018, with 75 percent of visitors coming between May 1 and Sept. 30. The total annual visitation was nearly 100,000 visitors more than in 2017, the previous record.
Starting Friday, visitors seeking summit access will be directed by parking attendants to one of two available parking lots where they can connect with the shuttles, which are 15-passenger vans. The lots are located at the 13-mile and 16-mile highway markers, and each lot will be filled based on capacity. In July, the most popular month for visitors, a third lot at the 7-mile marker will also be used. Shuttle wait times are anticipated to be between 5-10 minutes, and the shuttles will only stop in the designated shuttle parking lots and at the summit where the existing Summit House remains fully operational.
Vehicles carrying persons with mobility disabilities or children in car seats can expect a parking spot on the summit. Summit access cannot be guaranteed for any other vehicles, including motorcycles. Persons with mobility disabilities who would like to use the shuttle should notify the staff at the Gateway so an ADA shuttle will be available at the shuttle lot. The shuttles are unable to accommodate pets and bicycles.
Seasonal highway toll rates apply to all visitors, and purchasing in advance on pikespeakcolorado.com is highly recommended. The complimentary shuttle service has been budgeted for and is being provided fully by Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, an enterprise division of the City of Colorado Springs. Highway visitors who don’t plan to reach the summit by car – like fisherman, hikers and cyclists – can utilize the highway as normal.
The latest shuttle information is available on www.coloradosprings.gov/pikespeakshuttle.
Construction of the new Summit Complex began in June 2018 and is expected to last through the fall of 2020. When the complex is complete, it is expected that normal traffic patterns will return to the Pikes Peak Highway.
The new Summit Complex and Visitor Center, co-funded by Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain and private donations, will deliver a vastly upgraded visitor experience to better accommodate the record number of visitors who are enjoying Pikes Peak each year. Upgrades include an interactive, interpretive education area focused on the history, significance and geology of Pikes Peak, an improved kitchen, and expanded dining facilities and retail space.