COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Soon, the only way you'll be able to drive to the top of Pikes Peak is by taking a shuttle. Ahead of the busy summer months, a free shuttle service is coming to America's mountain. The temporary shuttle service will run May 31-Sept. 15.
Pikes Peak staff expect the shuttles will be busing a record number of visitors to the summit. All of the visitors combined with construction and the cog railway no longer running translates into limited parking at the summit.
“It’s going to be a change, but we think it’s a minimum impact," said Jack Glavan, manager of Pikes Peak America's Mountain.
The shuttle service is complimentary, but visitors will still need to pay the toll to get through the entrance gate. From there, people can park in lots at the 7-mile and 16-mile highway markers. Those will be filled based on capacity.
The shuttles are unable to accommodate pets and bicycles. There will be exceptions for those who will be allowed to drive to the top. Those exceptions include 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 have a parking spot at the summit.
People who want to use the highway, but do not want to drive to the top, can use the road as normal. That includes fisherman, hikers and cyclists.
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