Pikes Peak tours can take between 5 and 7 hours depending on rider ability and group size. We ask that all riders show up on time to our shop (typically 7:15 am for Cog Railway riders and 7:30 am for everyone else). These times may change based on the Pikes Peak Highway and Cog Railway, so please look in your reservation confirmation email for the exact time.
Gold Camp tours can take between 4 and 6 hours depending on rider ability and group size. We ask that all riders show up on time to our shop (typically between 8:00 am and 9:00 am). These times may change based on time of year, so please look in your reservation confirmation email for the exact time. Contact us if you want an alternative time.
How Long is your season?
Our season runs from May 1 through October 31. We would love to offer our rides year-round; however, the weather on Pikes Peak can be incredibly cold during the winter months. Come join us for our 28th season guiding riders down Pikes Peak and Gold Camp Road in 2018.
Do you rent gopro cameras?
You bet we do! We would love for you to capture all of your ride and share your adventure with your friends, family, and social media. GoPro rentals are $49.99. If you need a memory card, we have those for an additional $9.99. If you have your own GoPro, you can use our helmet mounts or use your own! Just reach out to us and we will get you set up at the shop on the day of your ride. Add to Cart
Can I bring my own equipment?
Absolutely! If you have your own bike helmet or bike and prefer to use it instead, please bring it along. Our experienced guides will inspect your equipment before we take you up the mountain. Disk brakes are required; however, we can make exceptions for specialty bikes (recumbents, adaptive, etc.).
Do you offer group discounts?
Of course! With groups of 10 or more we ask that you contact us for special pricing and coordination. We also have smaller group discounts that are represented on the product page of each experience we offer. We have over 15 years of experience working with guests of the Broadmoor Hotel and the Cheyenne Mountain Resort and would love to schedule your next corporate adventure!
Do I need to be an expert rider?
Not at all! Our services are built for people of all ages and abilities. If you can throw a leg over a bike, you can come on a ride with us.
If for any reason you do not want to bike, you are more than welcome to stay in the van on the ride down the mountain until you feel comfortable getting out on a bike again. If you have a friend or family member who does not want to ride a bike but would like to accompany you, they can come along for a discounted price.
What about weather?
Great question! The weather on Pikes Peak can be unpredictable. Sometimes it is 40 degrees and sunny, and other times it is -20 degrees and snowing. Don't let that dissuade you, we will ride rain or shine and Colorado has over 300 days of sunshine every year - the odds are in your favor!
Take a look at the weather before your trip so you know what to pack. If you forget something , don't worry - we have all the cold weather gear you could ever need.
You can reserve a ride with us any time by calling 1-719-633-6399 or 1-800-798-5954 or on our website. We accept all payment methods. If paying with cash, it's best to call us directly, so we can better assist your booking.
What is your cancellation policy?
Please give us 48-hours notice prior to cancelling your tour via phone or email. If we do not receive a cancellation notice, you will be charged the full price of your booking.
If you simply need to reschedule for a different day, give us a call or send us an email and we would be happy to assist you.
Number of 12-foot ladders required to reach the top: 1,176
can you really feel the difference in altitude?
We call all 14,000' peaks in Colorado "fourteeners" or "14ers." Is it high? Heck yes, but that's what's good about it! Being up at that altitude gives you some of the best views imaginable in Colorado. With height, however, comes thinner air. You might see the slogan "Got Oxygen?" around Colorado; a sort of badge of honor to us Coloradans. You might feel a little out of breath, a little light-headed, but you should be just fine!
It is recommended that you stay hydrated throughout your trip. We provide water bottles to you, but you are welcome to bring your own.
Contact your physician if you have other concerns about the altitude and your health.
How Much fun am i going to have?
So much fun! . . . If you stick to the rules, stay hydrated, and come ready for the time of your life.
Is my child old enough to ride?
We limit our riders based on height more than age. Our smallest bikes can fit roughly 4'8" and taller. The youngest rider we've ever hosted was a 6-year-old; and the oldest is our ancient guide, Harvey :). We will do our best to ensure your child's safety and recommend that you bike alongside and reinforce our safety rules and guidelines. If it is ever too scary, they can always ride in the support van!
Do you have any suggestions on other fun activities in the area?
Of course we do! Our partners over at www.pikes-peak.com have some great deals and discounts with some of our favorite activities on the front range. We're confident you'll love the site and the discounts!
Cog railway tickets?
The COG Railway is closed! We hope to see them up and running again soon!
We order COG Railway tickets through www.cograilway.com after we have received your reservation. Sometimes the COG Railway does not have enough tickets for all of our riders. If this is the case, we will contact you and refund the difference. You can still join us on the bike ride by taking the van to the summit (Pikes Peak by Bike).
We do our best to get tickets for every rider who is interested. Please keep in mind that the COG Railway is a separate entity and can be out of tickets by the time you reserve your ride. Contact us at 1-719-633-6399 or 1-800-798-5954 if you have any questions.
Should I tip my guide?
This is a great question! Our guides thrive in the outdoor industry and do their best to make your trip as safe and as fun as they possibly can. We never expect tips or pressure our clients to tip, so the following should be taken only as a guideline.
It is generally considered good practice to tip 10% to 20% of your total bill, similar to that of your wait staff, hair stylists, etc. Our guides greatly appreciate tips, it goes a long way in making outdoor guiding a financially feasible career choice. If your trip was wonderful and you had a great time, please let your guides know through whichever means you feel most comfortable. If for any reason you did not enjoy your ride, please let management know as soon as you can so we can try and make it right!
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