About the Shuttle
*Notice: The 2020 Complimentary Shuttle will be running beginning May 22nd through the end of September. 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.
Pikes Peak - America's Mountain provides a shuttle system to ease the parking disruption caused by the construction of the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex. When in operation, the shuttle is based on parking capacity in the summit lot; operating hours and lot operation will vary daily. The shuttles are 15-passenger vans, so get ready to sit back, relax and enjoy the views.
Who Will Take the Shuttle
Visitors planning to drive to the summit will likely be required to take the shuttle. There is no impact on fishermen or others who are using the highway to enjoy the many other recreational opportunities provided by Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain.
Limited Parking Spots at the Summit
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-compliant shuttle can be made available at the shuttle lot.
Guests visiting during peak visitation hours – 10 a.m.-2 p.m, please plan longer wait times for shuttles due to the increased visitation demand.
Shuttle Pick-up Locations and Times
Visitors who use the shuttle will drive part way up the Pikes Peak Highway to one of three parking lots before taking the shuttle to the summit. Shuttles will arrive at the shuttle parking lots approximately every 5-10 minutes:
- 16-Mile Lot: The shortest shuttle ride is from the 16-mile lot (aka. Devils Playground) and will take approximately 15 minutes to drive up and 20 minutes to drive down.
- 13-Mile Lot: The 13-mile lot (aka. Glen Cove) will take approximately 25 minutes to go up and 35 minutes to come down by shuttle.
- For persons with a disability who would like to use the shuttle, please ask the Gateway Ranger for assistance at the time of entry.
To ensure prompt shuttle availability, once the shuttles have departed the parking lot, they will not make any stops until reaching the summit. The same is true for the return trip. There are plenty of pull-off opportunities to take advantage of before you get to the shuttle lot.
The Pikes Peak Shuttle is complimentary. Visitors should be prepared to pay the normal, seasonal rates for utilizing the Pikes Peak Highway; however, there is no additional charge for the shuttle or for parking in the shuttle lots.
If you have questions about the shuttle, please call 719-385-PEAK.
Plan Your Trip
Save time and purchase your Pikes Peak Highway gate pass online. It’s also advisable to avoid the heaviest times on the highway – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Summit Experience
The original Summit House will still be operational during construction this summer, so you’ll be able to stock up on Pikes Peak gear and buy all the donuts your heart desires — don’t forget the donuts!
The Summit will be considered an active construction zone, so please be aware of your surroundings when you reach the top.
Hikers who reach the summit, but are looking to connect with family and friends for a ride down the highway can take the free shuttle down to the parking lot. Please be aware that the shuttle does not go to the base of the mountain. Coordinating with your ride in advance and being aware of hours of operation, gate closures and pending weather forecasts is highly recommended!
Hikers who reach the summit, but are looking to connect with family and friends for a ride down the highway can take the free shuttle down to the parking lot. Please be aware that the shuttle does not go to the base of the mountain. Coordinating with your ride in advance and being aware of the shuttle lot and hours of operation, PPAM hours of operations, gate closures and pending weather forecasts is highly recommended!
Hikers are responsible for their own transportation and should make necessary arrangements for a ride prior to hiking. Due to the limited parking on the summit, your ride may need to drive to one of the shuttle parking lots and wait for you to arrive. Lot operations vary daily so ensure you can communicate with your ride upon reaching the summit.
Plan ahead, check out our Hiker Information Guide for tips.
The shuttles can’t accommodate bicycles, but drivers who wish to drop off cyclists on the summit will likely be able to do so. To ensure drop-off goes smoothly, call 719-385-PEAK to arrange in advance. Be prepared that you will not be able to park your car on the summit.
No Pets Allowed
No pets are allowed on the shuttle except properly identified service animals are allowed on the shuttle. Please plan accordingly and don’t leave your animal(s) in your parked car.