Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain will implement a temporary complimentary shuttle service from May 31-Sept. 15 to transport visitors to the summit. The shuttle is being launched due to an anticipated record-setting number of visitors combined with limited parking capacity in the summit lot, due to construction of the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex.
“It is very important that visitors know what to expect before they arrive at Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, especially this summer,” said Jack Glavan. “We’re launching a shuttle service for the first time, which will be critical to providing safe and accessible parking for all visitors who wish to experience the summit, including the existing Summit House which will remain fully operational throughout construction of the new facilities. We’ve seen a steady growth of visitors year-over-year, and combined with the closure of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the highway is anticipating nearly a 50 percent increase of visitors who wish to access the summit. While the shuttle will certainly be a different experience than driving yourself to the top, our aim is to make the visitor experience just as good or better.”
The complimentary service budgeted for and provided by Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, an enterprise division of the City of Colorado Springs, will impact visitors who intend to drive to the summit. No tax dollars will be used. Highway visitors who don’t plan to reach the summit by car – like fisherman, hikers and cyclists – can utilize the highway as normal. Seasonal highway toll rates will apply to all visitors, and purchasing online in advance is highly recommended.
Vehicles seeking to access the summit will be directed by parking attendants to one of two parking lots where they can connect with the shuttles, which are 15-passenger vans. The lots are located at the 7-mile and 16-mile highway markers and will be filled based on capacity. Shuttle wait times are anticipated to be between 5-10 minutes and will only stop in the designated shuttle parking lots and on top at the summit.
Although everyone is welcome to utilize the shuttle service, not everyone driving to the summit will be required to take the shuttle, including vehicles carrying persons with mobility disabilities or children in car seats. Motorcycles in groups of less than 10 and pre-approved busses and tours can also expect a parking spot on the summit. Persons with mobility disabilities who would like to use the shuttle will be directed to the 7-mile lot. The shuttles are unable to accommodate pets and bicycles.
For additional Know Before You Go information, visit www.pikespeakcolorado.com. To view a Facebook Live interview with Glavan detailing the shuttle service, visit www.facebook.com/PikesPeakAmericasMtn/.
Construction of the new Summit Complex is anticipated to begin in June and 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 improved kitchen and expanded dining facilities, better retail space and an interactive, interpretive education area focused on the history, significance and geology of Pikes Peak. Frequent updates will be available on www.pikespeakcolorado.com.