Pikes Peak International Hill Climb: What you need to know

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 97th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is this weekend, and more than 80 drivers are preparing for the twisty course. Here's what you need to know as we enter race week.

The Green Flag drops at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. (CLICK HERE for a schedule of events during the week.)

Get your tickets and camping permits by clicking here.


Our coverage of the race will begin early Sunday morning -- KRDO Radio will broadcast a stream of the entire race, and we'll have check-ins on both Good Morning Colorado and Sunday's evening newscasts. Click here for our radio stream.

We'll also have a live blog updating the top results and possible records set throughout the day at

(Photos from the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb)

If you're going to the race in person, the best spots are at the start line, Devils Playground, Cove Creek, Glen Cove, and the Halfway Picnic Grounds (the picnic grounds is a prime spot to see racers flying by at 100 mph.)

And yes, you can hike to the summit: the Barr Trail #620 will be open, but the west side of the Summit House is restricted to only PPIHC credentialed personnel.


Spectators can park at the following designated areas: below the start line, halfway picnic grounds, ski area, Glen Cove, Cove Creek, and Devils Playground. Spectator vehicles are not allowed above Devils Playground, and it's very important to get to your parking area well before the start time of 7:30 a.m. Parking is available on a first come, first served basis.

You won't be able to leave until the race concludes, which could be any time after 4 p.m. 


Food vendors may be available on the mountain at various locations, weather permitting. Gas or propane stoves with shut-off valves are allowed, but charcoal grills aren't. No open fires are allowed.

No pets are allowed on Pikes Peak during Race Week. Children must be accompanied by an adult if in the pit areas

Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are possible risks, so bring water. At the same time, hypothermia and altitude sickness are possible at higher elevations. Emergency medical services will be available at locations along the race course.

No drones are allowed, and spectators cannot resell any videos or photos.

More information about frequently asked questions can be found at this link.

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