When Rob and I were in Colorado Springs, we had plans to ride the Cog Railway up to Pikes Peak. However, we didn’t make plans way ahead of time, so the day before we were to head that way we found out they were booked weeks ahead of time. We started researching driving up ourselves. Rob is no stranger to driving, so I had no doubt that he could do it.

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

We got so excited every time we saw Pikes Peak as we got it closer.
Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Lots of great views as we drove to the entrance.
Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Entrance & signs as we made our way up the mountain
Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

There are several stops as you make your way up the mountain. Some beautiful views as well as signs to educate you.
Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Look at the windy roads down there.
Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

The higher we got the better views of the Rockies. We were pretty excited to see this, because we knew that’s where we were heading after coming down from Pikes Peak.
Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

After finally getting to the top, we parked and looked at the views, got some pics, and went inside. Apparently they have world famous donuts. We used Apple Pay to make our purchase which is always super quick and convenient. Donuts were pretty good.
Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

You can see the guys clearing the track for the train. What a thankless job!
Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

One thing to mention regardless of whether you drive or ride up, you will experience altitude sickness. Both Rob and I were just not feeling great, so we tried to stay up there to help us get over it. With altitude sickness, you may experience headaches, lightheadedness, out of breath, and possibly nauseousness.
Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Rob found the drive down to be less scary. Although, you’re traveling the same roads, it seemed a bit easier to see and easier to navigate.
Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

On your way down, you may have to stop for a brake check, where they will check your brakes to make sure they haven’t gotten too hot. If so they’ll ask you to pull over for a few minutes, which really isn’t a big deal, because by that time you’ll probably be ready for a break. You can go into the shop and use the restroom and maybe even grab a snack. However, there was no one there to check out brakes when we were going through, but we stopped anywayto look in the shop and use the facilities.
Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

Near the entrance/exit to the road to Pikes Peak is the “North Pole” and Santa’s Workshop.
Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

So here’s what we learned to be the Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak:
Pros
Peaceful (no narration)
Great for the adventurous ones
Go at your own pace
More flexibility with when you come and go
Cheaper than taking the Cog rail
No reservations needed

Cons
Not good for fearful, unconfident driver
Not suited for those that get easily carsick either
Need a car with good breaks
Need to plan ahead and make reservations

Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak

I have quite a bit of video footage of our ride up and back down. I’ll be adding a video of that soon, once I get it put together.

You can see more pics here.