A once in a lifetime opportunity is at hand to redesign and replace the Summit House on top of "Pikes Peak - America's Mountain." Fifty years ago when the existing Summit House was built, a more "utilitarian" objective ruled; shelter and food, including the famous "donuts" alongside curios were important. Today many visitors to the Peak have different objectives: seeking enjoyment of nature when they visit outdoors interpretive centers and distancing themselves from some aspects of commercialization. The top of Pikes Peak and its new Summit House can become a carefully integrated fabric of nature and trails along side structures and transportation. This is our Advocates Group's overarching goal.

Watch this site for further developments and news regarding the Pikes Peak Summit House project.

For the latest information on the Pikes Peak Summit Complex Project, visit the official project website: 

Pikes Peak Summit Complex Project

Wednessday, October 7, 2015

The summit complex design team presented preliminary design options to the public. The design options presented were preliminary structural schematics/concepts and site locations only. None of the building materials/aesthetics or landscaping have yet been applied. Here's a link to the Design Concept Presentation materials:



Wednessday, September 23, 2015

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

The deteriorating condition of the existing Pikes Peak Summit Complex has prompted Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Army, and Colorado Springs Utilities, to embark on a process to design and build a new Summit Visitor Center on one site and to consolidate the Plant Building, Communications Facility and the High-Altitude Research Laboratory on the second site. Public input meetings will take place over the n...ext several months. The process kicks off with an Environmental Assessment (EA) which will evaluate the social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the Pikes Peak Summit Complex project. The EA is a required, but separate, first step in the overall process of designing and constructing a new Summit Complex, and the two processes will dovetail with public input informing both efforts. Public meetings for the design process will follow the EA scoping process. A public scoping process is a requirement of the Environmental Assessment (EA) before a new visitor center can be designed and built on the summit of Pikes Peak. The EA comment period is Aug. 21 – Sept. 21, 2015. Public meetings for the design process will follow the EA scoping process. The August 2015 e-Newsletter for the Pikes Peak Summit Complex project is available here:



Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The City of Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain (PPAM), in partnership with Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) and U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (U.S. Army), are proposing to redesign and reconstruct the existing Pikes Peak Summit Complex located in the Pike National Forest in El Paso County, Colorado. The U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service), Pikes Peak Ranger District, is the federal lead agency for the preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) to consider and disclose the environmental effects of redesigning and constructing the Pikes Peak Summit Complex. The Forest Service now invites you to learn more about the project and participate in identifying issues at a public open house:


August 25th, 2015

3 pm to 7 pm

Library 21c (Venue @21c) 1175 Chapel Hills Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80920


The official scoping comment period will occur between August 21st, 2015 and September 21st, 2015. Please see the attached newsletter or visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47229&exp=overview  for additional information on the project and how to comment.

Related Newsletters:

Newsletter 08-04-2015.pdf

Monday, February 2, 2015

The City of Colorado Springs posted a Request For Proposal (RFP) asking for proposals on the Architectural and Engineering Services for the Design and Construction of The Pikes Peak Summit Complex.  Proposals were due by 3 pm April 2, 2015.  Upon review of a number of proposals, the City of Colorado Springs announced the winning design team at a press conference on May 26, 2015:  https://coloradosprings.gov/cat/government/general-information/information/local-architectural-firm-design-pikes-peak-summit

The original RFP may be viewed in the 'RFP' menu above.  Appendices to the RFP may be found at Pikes Peak Summit Complex Project or in the 'RFP' menu above.

Pikes Peak Photo Courtesy of Denise Dethlefsen www.DeniseDethlefsen.com