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.
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 use 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 buses 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.