COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Pikes Peak is easing up on vehicle restrictions to the summit.
At the start of the summer season, a mandatory shuttle service was put in place to alleviate congestion at the top. The manager of Pikes Peak America's Mountain, Jack Glavan, says it's no longer required for everyone who drives to the summit.
The shuttle service was implemented as a solution to the current quandary on the mountain: with the Cog Railway out of service and construction underway on the new summit house, there is more traffic on the Pikes Peak Highway but fewer parking spots at the top. Since May 31, the shuttle has been required for the vast majority of people driving to the summit
After five and a half weeks, Glavan tells 11 News partner The Gazette that most visitors are flocking to the mountain between noon and 3 p.m. versus 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in previous years. Because of the lower volume at the beginning and end of the day, officials are now going to allow people who arrive before 8:30 a.m. or after 4 p.m. to drive all the way to the top.
If you arrive between 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., drivers will still only be permitted to take the highway to parking lots at the 7-mile and 16-mile road markers. The lone exceptions are vehicles carrying persons with mobility disabilities, kids in car seats, pre-approved buses, and motorcycles in groups less than 10.
Shuttle service is only in effect during the peak summer months and will end in mid-September.