Lonely Planet review
At 14,110ft, Pikes Peak may not be one of the tallest of Colorado's 54 14-ers, but it's certainly the most famous. Maybe because it's the only one with a road and a train to the top? That's where you'll find an observation platform and a kitschy gift shop in the Summit House selling Pikes Peak sweaters and hackeysacks, and homemade fudge is for sale in the cafeteria.
Down slope are seven reservoirs - Pikes Peak is the water source for this entire region, and from the summit you can see Kansas, the Oklahoma panhandle, the Wyoming Continental Divide and the Spanish Peaks in New Mexico.