About the Shuttle
*Notice: the 2021 Complimentary shuttle will be running beginning June 15th through the end of July. This date is subject to change.
Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain provides a shuttle system from the Devils Playground Parking Area (16-mile) due to the final phase of the new Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center construction. There will be very limited parking as the final site work is being completed. As a result, there are no guarantees to the guests to make it to the summit. Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain is providing a limited time 20% discount to all guests since the summit access is not guaranteed. For the 2021 shuttle, school buses will be transporting up to 40-50 passengers at one time. Masks are encouraged on the buses.
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 person with mobility disabilities or children in car seats will be allowed to drive their person vehicle to the summit, if there is parking available. There is no guaranteed access to the summit for any vehicles including motorcycles.
Guests should plan longer wait times for shuttles due to the limited capacity.
Shuttle Pick-up Locations and Times
Visitors who use the shuttle will drive part way up the Pikes Peak Highway to the 16-mile lot before taking the shuttle to the summit. Limited shuttles will arrive at the parking lot approximately every 15-20 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.
- 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 new Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center opening is scheduled for June 30th. Until this date, there are no summit amenities available. Port-a-potties are available to guests until the new building opens.
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.