The new Pikes Peak Summit Complex and Visitor Center was made to reflect the natural beauty of its mountaintop location. Opened in June of 2021, visitors experience the breathtaking vistas and delicious donuts from the top of “America’s Mountain”.
The Summit Visitor Center was cut into the mountain to meet the “Living Building Challenge,” which sets the highest standards for sustainability in the world. It gives visitors the same amazing views as the first explorers who found the site. Even though the building is modern, the whole summit experience focuses on being environment-friendly and sturdy.
To reach the property, travelers get to drive up the scenic Pikes Peak Highway with stunning scenery all the way to the top. The other even more unique option is the Cog Railway, which is also open all year long, weather pending. Lastly, for the most adventurous souls with impressive endurance and time on their hands, hiking up from downtown Manitou Springs via Barr Trail.
An indoor and outdoor exhibit tells about the mountain’s climate, history, topography, conservation projects, and ways to have fun. Inside, people can look around an exhibit gallery with interactive multimedia pieces that make the space come alive.
When venturing into the outdoor portion, remember that the high elevation means it will likely be cool even in the middle of summer, so you may want to bring along a jacket. Outside, interpretive rails go around the peak and talk about the area, point out major landscape features, and tell exciting side stories.
Take a break from your explorations to rest on a bench and take in the panoramic views from the peak.
The outdoor interpretive loop, an ADA-accessible pathway, provides an interpretation of the spectacular vistas, historic landmarks, and significant focal points throughout the summit; To get the most out of your experience, download the Summit app and walk the circle.
Dining & Donuts
The only donuts in the world created at an elevation of more than 14,000 feet can be found on top of this magnificent mountain. Guests of all ages may still enjoy the same hot, fresh, fried delights that have been a tradition for many years.
Better still, you can now tailor your donut experience with toppings like chocolate, cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg. Donuts baked at the peak lose their fluffiness if you attempt to store them until you return to sea level, so don’t bother.
For those who want to take their preference for personalized snacks to the next level, there is also a trail mix bar. Other menu items like sandwiches, hot dogs, and soups are available to order and enjoy up top. On days with great weather, dine on the outside terrace with a view.
Visitors may use the property’s other amenities, which include complimentary Wi-Fi, drink refill stations, and toilet facilities. The gift shop at the Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center sells a wide range of souvenirs, from t-shirts and keychains to jewelry, fresh fudge, and artwork.
Discover more to do at Pikes Peak, such as the many lakes found along the route up Pikes Peak Highway.
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