A Tour of Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods & Manitou Springs

One of the best Denver day trips is a Pikes Peak tour in Colorado Springs. It’s less than two hours away and home to some of the most beautiful views and attractions in Colorado.

pikes peak summit

Located in Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak is one of the biggest scenic attractions.

Called America’s Mountain for its role inspiring the song “America the Beautiful”. With a height of 14,115 feet, you can see it all the way from Denver on a clear day.

And the view from the summit is something you’ve got to see for yourself – pictures don’t do it justice.

Garden Of The Gods

At the foot of Pikes Peak is the Garden of the Gods. Known for its massive red rock formations.

The story is that the name came from a survey expedition in 1859. Two surveyors left Denver in search of a place to start another city.

They discovered a beautiful area of sandstone formations.

One suggested that it would be a “capital place for a beer garden”. The other shouted, “Beer Garden! It’s a fit place for the Gods. We will call it the Garden of the Gods!” And it’s been called that ever since.

Manitou Springs

Just a few miles west of Colorado Springs sits historic Manitou Springs.

You’ll find art galleries, street performers, creek-side restaurants and boutique stores.

But the one thing you don’t want to miss is the incline. Even if you don’t intend to hike it, you have to see it.

Manitou Incline

Once a railroad track, the Manitou Incline now consists of 2,744 steps made entirely of railroad ties! Even though it’s only one mile long, the ascent averages a 41% incline (68% at its highest) and 2,000 feet in elevation!

There’s even a warning sign that compares the hike to climbing up – The Empire State Building, The Eiffel Tower twice, The Washington Monument three times, and The Statue of Liberty SIX times!

How to See It All

You could drive yourself. From Denver, it’s usually under two hours depending on traffic. You could map everything out, figure out where to go, how to get there, whether or not there’s a price for admission and so on.

Or, you could book a tour with a well-known, trusted tour company like Aspire Tours.

They’re a family-run business founded by Kathrin Troxler, and considered by many to be one of the best tour companies in Colorado.

Private Tour of Pikes Peak – Garden of the Gods – Manitou Springs

This tour takes you to all 3 famous landmarks while also making various pit stops. You’ll stay about 30 minutes at each destination so you can enjoy the activities and take in the scenery.

The first stop is the Garden of Gods, a natural landmark showcasing huge red rocks. The second stop is Manitou Springs, a small, beautiful town known for its artsy spiritual vibes. Finally, you’ll stop at the one and only Pikes Peak, the 31st highest point in Colorado.

Friendly and Experienced Tour Guides

People love the guides at Aspire Tours. They’re friendly and seem to know everything about everything. And, most of all they do a great job of making sure everyone in your group has a wonderful time.


Driving through the mountains can be dangerous and stressful, even for the best of us.

Aspire Tour uses upscale 14-passenger vehicles which are perfect for small group tours. They also have trained and experienced drivers who can take you safely through the mountain roads between each destination.

Pick up and Drop off service

Pick up for the tour can be made anywhere between Boulder and Colorado Springs.

Meal Options

You can add a box lunch that includes chips and a sandwich for $10.

They also provides alternative food options if you have a diet restriction. If you have serious medical or dietary restrictions, they advise you to take your own food with you on the tour.

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