As always, visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and call 719-385-7325 for current highway conditions. Hours of operation and other information about Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain
1. Reservations are required to drive your personal vehicle to the summit from May 27 – September 30
Make your reservation today to drive yourself to the top of America’s Mountain!
Our new timed-entry reservation system is designed to make your experience more enjoyable, reduce your wait in line, and ensure you have a parking space on the summt. Guests will have a two-hour window arrive at the gateway. Reservations can be made up to one month in advance and cost $2. Reservations are non-refundable, however you may request to reschedule your reservation provided there is availability.
During the months of June and July we will also be running a complimentary shuttle so guests who are unable to secure their reservation can hop on our shuttle and get your Pikes Peak donuts at the new Summit Visitor Center.
Purchase your one-day use tickets online or at the gate, including admission to explore the North Slope Recreation Area. Online purchases for one-day use tickets are valid for one-year from date of sale. No tickets are valid for special events.
Admission tickets are necessary and can be purchased online with your timed entry reservation or you can purchase your admission ticket at the Gateway at the time of entry.
Please read our FAQs for complete details about your visit
How to create an online account at the Pikes Peak web store
How to make a timed entry reservation at the Pikes Peak web store
North Slope Recreation Area
Only wanting to visit the North Slope Recreation Area? You do not need to make a timed-entry reservation, so come on by and see us.
Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the gate the day of your visit. Online purchases for one-day use tickets at the North Slope Recreation Area tickets are valid for the North Slope season only. No tickets are valid for special events.
Please read our FAQs for complete details about your visit
What is located at the summit of Pikes Peak?
A new visitor experience opened in June 2021. There is a new Summit Visitor Center with interpretive exhibits, café, and gift shop. Outside features a fully accessible walkway system, paved and striped parking area, and interpretive elements across the summit.
If I am planning to pick up a hiker on the summit, do I need a reservation?
Yes, to drive your personal vehicle to the summit a reservation is required even if you are not planning on staying. If there is a shuttle running, the hiker can ride the shuttle to the Devils Playground parking area, which is at mile 16 of the 19-mile highway. Know before you go and check our website for up-to-date information.
If I am planning to hike or recreate in other areas on Pikes Peak, do I need a reservation?
No, a timed-entry reservation is only required if you plan to drive your personal vehicle to the summit.
Can I purchase a One Day Admission Pass online?
Yes, visit our new virtual Pikes Peak Store. You can also purchase your ticket to drive the highway onsite at the Gateway.
How long is my one-day admission valid for?
Highway admissions, including the adult, child and carload, are valid for one year from the date of purchase.
What is a summit parking reservation for?
There is a limited amount of parking on the summit, and we can have more vehicles going to the summit than we have available parking. We introduced timed-entry reservations to allow guests to secure a parking spot within a two-hour time block. Arrive at the Gateway within your two-hour window to drive your personal vehicle to the summit.
Why are reservations required?
With the new Summit Visitor Center on top of Pikes Peak, parking has become more of a challenge due to the increase of visitors wanting to drive to the top. By implementing a reservation system, visitors can have more of a personalized experience with guaranteed parking. Visit our convenient online reservation website to make your reservation.
How far in advance can I make a reservation?
Reservations will be required between the Friday before Memorial Day (May 27, 2022) through the end of September 2022. We will open each month’s reservation the month prior. Example: June reservations will open May 1. July reservations will open June 1.
Is there a possibility to get a last minute reservation?
Yes, if there are spaces available, same day reservations will be allowed.
What do I need to show that I have a reservation?
Proof of reservation is required. Please print or take a screen shot of your tickets(s) and or receipt with your Transaction ID number on it.
Once I enter the highway, can I leave and come back?
Yes, same day re-entry is allowed. Upon re-entry you will need to show your same day receipt to the Gateway Ranger. However, you will not be able to drive back to the summit as your timed entry reservation has expired.
Is there a fee to make a reservation?
There is a $2 non-refundable reservation fee. This nominal fee is to help reduce no shows. We understand that plans can change, so the system does allow for an existing reservation to be swapped to a different available date for no additional charge. Ticket prices have not changed.
Do I need to make a reservation AND purchase a ticket to drive to the summit?
Yes, you need to make an online reservation before arriving at the Gateway and purchase a ticket in order to drive to the summit. You can purchase your ticket in advance online or at the Gateway. Same day reservations will be allowed, if there is space available.
Can I resell, cancel, or reschedule my reservation?
Resale is prohibited. If you need to make a change to your reservation, you can switch the day with no penalty. However, no refunds will be provided.
What if the summit closes due to weather or unforeseen circumstances during my reserved time?
You can email a request to reschedule your reservation for another date and time provided there is availability. All access to the summit is weather permitting and there are no guarantees. Sorry, no refunds.
How can I make a reservation if I do not have a computer/smartphone, or I have trouble with the website?
Please call 719-385-2214 in the event you do not have the ability to make your own reservation or are experiencing technical difficulties with the website.
If I am travelling with a group in multiple cars, can I make more than one reservation?
A reservation will be required for each vehicle. You can add multiple vehicles, up to five vehicles, to your reservation, and each individual car will need to present proof of reservation at the time of entry.
Do I need a reservation if I am riding a motorcycle?
Yes, a motorcycle requires parking in a parking spot and a reservation is required.
Do I need a reservation if I am riding a bicycle?
If you are riding a bicycle, you will NOT be required to purchase a reservation. Please use the provided bike locker or bicycle rack on the summit. Bicycles are not allowed inside any building.
I am not planning to go all the way to the summit, do I need a reservation?
No, a reservation is only required to drive your personal vehicle to the summit. Vehicles can drive up as far as Devils Playground, mile 16 of the 19-hile highway, without a reservation.
Can I leave my car parked at the summit all day while I use the trails?
No, parking is limited at the summit and to allow as many people as possible the opportunity to experience it, we ask that guests limit their stay on the summit to less than 2 hours. Visitors can ride the Cog Railway, or the shuttle up if they wish to spend more than 2 hours exploring.
Will there be running shuttles?
In 2022, we will be running a complimentary shuttle bus from Devils Playground, mile 16 of the 19-mile highway, to the summit during the months of June and July only.
I am traveling with children in car seats and my pet, can I take the shuttle?
No, children in child safety seats and pets are not allowed on the shuttle. Service animals are allowed on the shuttles.
Can I get a refund?
No, refunds are not provided. If you need to make a change to your reservation, you can switch the day with no penalty.
How do I redeem my tickets?
You will receive an email with your ticket barcode and your transaction ID. Due to the poor cell phone reception at the Gateway, a screenshot or printed copy of the Transaction ID or barcode is necessary. Staff must have this information to allow entry. If you do not have a printer, please take a picture or screenshot the barcode or transaction ID receipt to your phone.