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527,696 visitors and counting welcomed in 2018
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – For the first time, Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain has welcomed more than 500,000 annual visitors. The 103-year-old highway has seen year-over-year growth since 2013, most recently welcoming 498,722 visitors in 2017. Through Sept. 30, 527,696 people have visited Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain.
“We are extremely pleased to break the half million mark so early in the season,” said Jack Glavan, manager of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain. “While we anticipated an increase of visitors this year due to both steady growth the last few years, plus the closure of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, this is a monumental season for Pikes Peak. Not only is this the most traffic the highway has ever seen, but hundreds of thousands of visitors reached the peak via shuttle, which launched in early June. That process went as smooth as it could in its first year, and we greatly appreciate the patience and flexibility of our visitors during construction of the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex.”
During winter hours, which began Oct. 1 and will continue through May 23, the temporary, complimentary shuttle service will run on limited weekend service only, based on demand and weather permitting. For the most current hours and rates, visit pikespeakcolorado.com.
The shuttle, budgeted for and provided by Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, an enterprise division of the City of Colorado Springs, was put in place due to construction of the Pikes Peak Summit Complex, which limits the number of parking places on the summit. Construction 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 Summit Complex, 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 and interpretive education area focused on the history, significance and geology of Pikes Peak; an improved kitchen and expanded dining facilities; and better retail space.