Bike. Segway. RV. Jeep. ATV. Scooter. Bus. Motorcycle. Car. Stagecoach. Take your pick. Or maybe you just want to watch others speed by at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Whatever you choose, wheels will help you get there.
(Some businesses listed below are temporarily closed or operating differently due to local or state guidelines concerning Covid-19. Guidelines are changing day to day. Please check the website and/or call before you go.)
Bikes + Scooters
The humble bike. A timeless symbol of the Pikes Peak region. Bicyclers are as much a part of this landscape as the mountains are. Whether you are a hard-core mountain biker, a fat biker or prefer an electric assist, we’ve got you covered.
PikeRide: Bike share programs aren’t just for major metro areas. Colorado Springs has its very own, covering a large swath of the downtown area. After a brief run as a fleet of 208 pedal bikes, PikeRide has transitioned entirely to electric-assist bikes. Your first ride is free! After that, you can choose how you pay: $1 to start, then 15 cents per minute; a 24-hour pass for $15; monthly or seasonal memberships. Hubs throughout greater downtown. Simple and easy to use, just download the Drop Mobility App on your phone to get started. 719-235-5862
Amp’d Adventures: Want to take an electric bike tour of Garden of the Gods? Prefer a solo rental? Give Amp’d Adventures a call. They operate tours and rentals out of the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center. The two most popular tours are the 12-mile Adventure Premium Tour, which includes off-roading, and the relaxing 8-mile Garden and Glen Combo Tour. TPrice is the same ($99 to $134, depending on bike) and both are 2½ hours. Prefer to buy your own electric bike? Stop by Pedego Electric Bikes. 719-590-6500
Rocke Mountain Bike: Perhaps you want to explore further afield? Rocke Mountain Bike will deliver an Easy Rider rental directly to you. It’s free delivery within five miles of America the Beautiful Park; a fee applies beyond that. Or hop on a Rough Rider to tackle some of the tougher terrain in the area. Rocke staff will provide you with suggestions on great rides. And the bikes? They’re just cool. Both the Juggernaut Classic and Stunner X e-bikes include a 1980’s authentic Army pannier and more. Rental prices vary, depending on time of day and length of ride. 719-257-3983
Old Town Bike Shop: Sometimes, less is more. This place has three rental choices: hardtail mountain bike for $30 per day, full-suspension mountain bike for $50 per day or road bike for $40 per day. Simple and believable. They also sell a variety of mountain, road, electric and hybrid bikes and have a full-service bike repair shop. 719-475-8589
Criterium Bicycles: Everything you need for a day on the trails (or roads). Hardtail mountain bike for $30 per day, full-suspension mountain bike or electric bike for $60 per day or road or gravel bike for $50 per day. Sales only for now, folks — no rentals. They’ll likely wait until next year to rent again, but check the website for updates. 719-599-0149
Pikes Peak Bike Tours: Want to check something off your bucket list? Book the Bike Pikes Peak Tour! Don’t worry — a van takes you up. You just ride back down the famous 14er. The guided tour for all abilities includes a continental breakfast and gourmet lunch. Prices range from $115 to $135 per person. This group offers tours of other local landmarks, as well. 719-337-5311
Broadmoor Outfitters: Biking in the snow? Sand? Gravel? Why not? It’s totally feasible with a fat bike. The fat tires give you t-r-a-c-t-i-o-n, baby! Broadmoor Outfitters has a whole fleet of Colorado Springs-based Borealis Fat Bikes available for rent. Prices start at $48 for an hour. 719-471-6168
Borealis Fat Bikes: Fat bike fan? Colorado Springs has its very own company: Borealis. Formed in 2013, their goal is produce the lightest, most technically advanced fat bike products. 320-328 2453
Don’t underestimate the fun and practicality of a scooter! These zippy little machines will save you money on gas and get you where you want to go.
Sportique Scooters: Sportique Scooters opened in Denver in 1998 as one of only a handful of “scooter only” shops in the USA. Since then, additional locations have opened in Boulder and right here in Colorado Springs. They sell new and used, as well as performing service.One of the founders even published a book on these sit-down beauties — “Red Eyes, Whitewalls and Blue Smoke, the story of scooters in America.” 719-442-0048
Ride Goat: Cross your fingers! If all goes according to plan, stand-up, electric scooters should be available to rent in Colorado Springs soon. It’s all about fun, last-mile transportation. They’re hoping to have up to 300 scooters that can travel in Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. The plan is $1 to start and 25 cents per minute thereafter. 719-313-8695
Trails + Resources
- Trails and Open Space Coalition
- MTB Project
- Trailforks by Pinkbike
- Visit Colorado Springs
- Bike Colorado Springs
- Map My Ride
- Bicycle Village
- Bicycle Colorado
Clubs, Donations + Other Interesting Finds
Colorado Springs Cycling Club: This recreational bicycling club promotes fun, safe cycling for all ages and abilities. Membership starts at $21 for one year. This group offers two to four rides on Saturdays and Sundays rides year round, as well as evening rides, social rides, road training rides and trail rides. They even have annual themed rides like the New Year’s Day Frozen Water Bottle Ride and Tour de Turkey. CSCC has borrowed its ride difficulty designations from ski trail markers: green, blue, blue/black and black. No guessing here!
SoCoVelo: Their motto? “It doesn’t matter your discipline. It doesn’t matter your level. Just as long as you ride.” $40 for an annual membership. They hold events throughout the year, including a Wednesday ride from Criterium Bicycles for 1 to 2 hours.
Kids on Bikes: This organization is straight-up cool. The folks here run youth programs like earn-a-bike and bike library programs where kids work to earn a bike of their own. They also partner with Colorado Springs agencies who work with disadvantaged youth. Their goal is to ensure all kids have the chance to ride a bike. To donate, bring your bike in to the Pedal Station or take it to a partner bike shop: Pro Cycling, Criterium, Colorado Cyclist or Bicycle Village. 719-355-3573
Bike Clinic Too: Have an old bike? You can donate it to this organization whose mission is to get bicycles to those in need. The people who receive these recycled bikes can use them to seek employment, get to appointments, attend classes and find independence. Drop off used bikes at Old Town Bike Shop or Criterium Bicycles. Since 2011, Bike Clinic Too has provided 1,833 rebuilt and gifted bikes to those in need. 719-358-3637
Kids Learn to Ride: Free bike lessons for kids 3 years and older at Bicycle Village. This progressive class builds off skills learned each week. Kids are guaranteed to learn in 3 classes! Every Sunday May 6 thru Sept 2 from 9:30-10:30 am. Registration required. Bicycle Village is the largest bike shop in Colorado Springs. They carry apparel, accessories, components and over 1000 built bikes. 719-265-9346
Bikes + Brews: If you like bikes and you like craft beers, you’re in the right place. There are countless options here. Springs Bike Tours offers an official version. Casually pedal your way from brewery to brewery in Colorado Springs as tour guides talk beer, bikes, and anything else. Your Specialized Hardrock or Schwinn Cruiser bike comes equipped with a basket to carry any souvenirs or a growler of your favorite brew. Tours start at $47. 719-464-2524
ATVs + Jeeps
Colorado Jeep Tours: Scenic. Informative. These Cañon City-based, off-road Jeep tours feature the Royal Gorge, Red Canyon, Cripple Creek and Victor. The professionally-driven, guided tours cater to people of all ages.They offer ½-day and full-day Jeep trips, as well as full-day combos that include the Royal Gorge Bridge, rafting, wine tasting, the Royal Gorge Route Railroad or zip-lining. 719-275-6339
Adventures Out West: This tour company has been around the block a time or two. In operation for 25 years, they know the region and offer all of the tours: Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, Jeep & Horseback, Jeep & Rafting, High Country. You name it; they offer it. They use a variety of vehicles including the classic Jeep Scrambler and a Hummer H2. All tours include snacks and water. 719-578-0935. Garden of the Gods location, 719-219-0118
Manitou Springs Adventures: Travel by Jeep to Pikes Peak, Quartz Mine and the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. This is also the exclusive Jeep touring company for the Cripple Creek region. They offer two different tours of the Cripple Creek and Victor area — a guided tour with some shopping/gambling or a tour of historic sights and gun battles of the old west. Tours start at about $75. And they provide $60 hiker pick up from Pikes Peak. 719-761-4100
Colorado Powersports Rentals: Aficionados know the difference, but for those of you who don’t, ATVs (all-terrain vehicles also known as “quads” or “four wheelers”) are typically designed for single riders or two people riding motorcycle style. UTVs (utility task vehicles) allow for “side-by-side” riding. Whatever your needs, Colorado Powersports Rentals has you covered. Rentals start at $200 and they offer discounts for veterans, first responders, hunters and multi-day rentals. 719-282-1255
Apex Sports: This place has been family owned and operated since 1960. They sell ATVs, scooters, motorcycles, and utility vehicles, as well as gear. 719-475-2437
Cars + Motorcycles
Revolution Rentals: Maybe an exotic car is more your speed? The owners of this shop are working out a few details, but soon, you might be able to rent a Lamborghini. This Italian beauty goes 0-60 to 4.2 seconds and boasts a top speed of 186 mph. You’ll likely be the only one on the road with just 14,022 worldwide. 719-649-1433
Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson: Dreaming of a Harley? Hop onto the website or stop into the shop along I-25 to make that dream come true… They sell new and used, as well as a huge selection of parts and accessories. 866-638-7908
Pikes Peak Indian Motorcycle: Indians more your style? You’re in luck! The iconic brand founded in 1901 recently opened a shop in Colorado Springs. 719-528-1901
Twisted Road: This is like a VRBO for motorcycles. Have a motorcycle you’re not using today? List it on this website and rent it out. Traveling, but left your bike at home? Rent one here. Lots of listings in the Pikes Peak Region.
Motorcycle Colorado: This simple website has loads of great resources, if you’re planning a motorcycle trip in Colorado — everything from great roads and rallies to dealerships and “good to know” tips. Check it out!
Ramblin’ Express: Cripple Creek calling your name? Ramblin Express will get you there. These luxury motorcoaches make dozens of trips between Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, Pueblo and this quaint casino town each week. The $30 round-trip price from Colorado Springs includes up to $25 back with minimum qualified casino play. Slightly more expensive from Pueblo; slightly less from Woodland Park. Relax and enjoy the scenery. Return when you want to, on any departure – even the next day! 719-590-8687 x777
Gray Line Tours: Everyone knows Gray Line. These folks are the tour experts. In Colorado Springs, they offer daily sightseeing tours of the region including the Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak and the United States Air Force Academy. They also provide limousines, shuttles and buses to the Broadmoor Resort and other special events, as well as transportation to/from the airport. Work with them to customize a tour for your group. 719-633-1181
Bustang: Need to get to Denver, but don’t love driving through the Gap Project? Hitch a ride on the Bustang, baby! Read a book. Catch up on email. Or just close your eyes. Bustang operates from four stations in Colorado Springs and Monument. Prices start at $9 for single rides to Denver and discounted multi-ride packages are available. The purple buses also haul groups to Bronco games. 800-900-3011
Mountain Metro Transit: MMT is the Pikes Peak region’s primary public transportation. These buses provide more than 11,000 one-way trips per day throughout the Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs areas. Basic fares are $1.75. Kids, seniors and disabled rates are 85 cents. 719-385-7433
Mountain Metro Mobility: Unable to use Mountain Metro fixed-route bus service due to a disability? This ADA paratransit service is for you. Mymobility is an online service to book a ride, cancel a ride, check the status of a ride or update account information. 719-385-7433.
Have you ever ridden one of these contraptions? One word: Fun!
Adventures Out West: The good people at AOW offer two Segway adventures — both in the Garden of the Gods. The Juniper Loop Tour includes Kissing Camels, Praying Hands and overlook areas. $92 for 1 ½-2 hours. The Balanced Rock Tour prefers riders with previous experience and available by reservation only. $120 for 2-2 ½ hours. Gorgeous scenery on both! 719-578-0935
Colorado Springs Segways Tours: Tour groups are small and travel on paths and trails — no city streets. Regular tours start at $75. Along Monument Creek, you’ll see a chunk of the Front Range blasted out to supply rocks for airport runways and a gigantic Rocky Mountain Columbine that blooms all year. A Cottonwood Creek tour travels along the Homestead Trail. Guides will talk about Pikes Peak and the Frozen Five, who long ago hiked the mountain in winter and set off fireworks. 719-548-9077
Cheyenne Cañon Segways: Choose your tour or create your own. The Cañon Nature/Art Tour winds past Starr Kempf’s art sculptures and over to the Starsmore Discovery Center. The Broadmoor History Tour swings past the sculptures and Penrose House, stops at the Penrose Heritage Museum; then cruises around the historic mansions near the Broadmoor Resort. Cheyenne Cañon also can customize a tour for practically any other location — indoor or outdoor. 888-369-8699
Seeking a longer adventure? How about an RV? It’s one of the best ways to see Colorado. (Link to camping/glamping story publishing this month?)
Windish RV: Fifty years! That’s how long Windish RV has been serving the needs of Colorado’s RVers. Carolyn Windish Irwin says her father always referred to RVs as “condominiums on wheels” and felt that, with help, almost any family can find a recreational vehicle that fits their budget and needs. Her father passed away in 1995, but Irwin is carrying on the small-town feel of the business. Windish carries a large inventory of new and used RVs. They have won numerous awards for business operations and customer service. 719-434-3938
Heightened Path RV Rentals: This Colorado Springs-based business started with one rental a decade ago. Now, they have dozens of RVs available — from pop-ups to Class A motorhomes. All come with linens, towels, cookware and cleaning supplies. 719-425-8730
Cruise America: This is the nation’s largest RV rental firm with 132 locations, including one in Colorado Springs. Founded in 1972, this behemoth now has a fleet of 4,500 RV rentals. 719-355-7578
Need for Speed
Pikes Peak International Raceway: This is the place for Motorsports in the Pikes Peak region. PPIR has a schedule packed with participatory driving events for drivers of all abilities. Among the programs? PPIR Drive 365. Performance Driving Xperience. Open lapping days. Test days. Race schools. Racing club events. The property includes a 1.3-mile interior road course, 12-acre paved drifting and autocross lot, banked one-mile oval, ¼-mile flat oval, ⅛-mile pit lane drag strip, as well as classrooms and conference rooms. 719-382-7223
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb: The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, is the second oldest motorsport race in America. It’s been around since 1916. The race boasts 156 turns over a 12.42-mile course, beginning at 9,390 feet and
finishing at the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak. Sometimes referred to as “The Race to the Clouds,” the 2020 race will take place on August 30. 719-685-4400
I-25 Speedway: Several divisions compete on this ¼-mile paved oval on Saturday nights from May-October, including Grand American Modifieds, Mini Stocks, Legends and Vintage Racers. Decades ago, the I-25 Speedway anchored itself in auto racing as one of the formative short tracks in the country. The speedway has evolved with fast 325′ straightaways and high-banked turns. I-25 Speedway located 8 miles north of Pueblo. 719-798-4387
Aztek Family Raceway: Motorcycles only here, folks. This place is owned and operated by a motocrosser. Two full-size motocross tracks and a pee wee track. The larger tracks are often combined into one and track layouts change to keep it interesting. Open all year — check hotline for times. Must be a member to ride. Spectators are free, except race days. 719-683-3301
Stagecoaches + Carriages + Trolleys
Newell Stagecoach: Experience what travel was like in the Old American West. In the lineup?
Open air surrey. Stagecoach. Amish-built hearse. Cinderella carriage. Buckboard. Hay wagon.Chuckwagon. Available for special events. Wagon Master Jim Newell has worked with horses all his life and been at the reins for more than 25 years. 719-338-7536
Penrose Heritage Museum: Thirty carriages. Fifteen race cars that competed in the Race to the Clouds — one of the oldest motorsport events in the United States. Swing by this place to gain a greater appreciation for Colorado Springs. 719-577-7065
1909 Trolley Tour: More than 100 years ago, Garden of the Gods became a park. Now, you can travel back in time to visit this landmark in custom-built, open-air trolleys that seat 14 guests and provide fantastic views. Seasonal, 45-minute tours operated by Adventures Out West depart every hour. No reservations required — purchase $17 tickets at the Garden of the Gods activity desk. 719-219-0118
Pikes Peak Trolley Museum and Restoration Shop: A hidden gem in the Pikes Peak region, check this place out to what transportation was like 100 years ago, as well as the future of streetcars. Open Wednesday-Saturday from 9:30 am-last tour. Admission is $5 for adults; less for children and seniors. 719-475-9508