Pikes Peak Tour
Drive Dates: Thursday and Saturday April 28 & April 30, 2022
Tour Distance: 70 miles
Tour Duration: 5 hours
Pikes Peak is perhaps the most famous mountain in the country, thus its moniker “America’s Mountain”. Luckily for us, Treffen HQ is right next door to this majestic mountain, and equally lucky, it’s one of the only 14,000 ft mountains anywhere that you can drive to the summit.
We will take a scenic drive to the base of Pikes Peak, where we will head straight up one of the most scenic highways in existence. Make sure you drink and bring plenty of water on this tour because of the altitude changes.
The Pikes Peak Highway was created by Spencer Penrose in 1915, the same gentleman who created the Broadmoor hotel. The highway itself is 19 miles, beginning in a beautiful pine forest, progressing to gorgeous vistas above timberline. Those 19 miles include the 12.42 miles covered by racers annually in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The PPIHC is the second oldest motor race in the country, whose winners are a who’s who of motorsports, from Bobby and the rest of the Unsers, Mario Andretti, Rick Mears, Ari Vatanen, all the way to Romain Dumas in the modern era. The 100th running of the PPIHC is set for June 26, 2022, so plan to come back and enjoy the race first hand.
Your guide for this drive, Chris Lennon, is himself a two-time winner in this legendary race, who literally wrote the book on it (The Peak of Racing) and will be happy to answer all your questions about what it’s like to compete on the world’s most beautiful race course.
We will have time to enjoy the brand-new Summit House atop the mountain, before descending back down to enjoy a delicious lunch at Paravicini’s Italian Bistro, which is just down the street from the old Unser garage.
For those who wish to return to the Broadmoor resort together, the tour leaders will depart shortly after lunch for a short, but leisurely drive back. Others may wish to explore the local area or head directly back on their own to the Broadmoor.
Other local sites and interests in the area include Garden of the Gods, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.