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Pikes Peak Visitor Center

Colorado Springs, CO

"I can’t express enough how excited I am about this project. I am particularly proud of the collaboration between the major stakeholders... and I am confident the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex will provide a worthy crown for the popular destination, inspiring visitors from all corners of the world and of all ages and abilities for generations to come.”

Mayor John Suthers, City of Colorado Springs


Connecting through experience of place.

Pikes Peak – America's Mountain – is one of the most visited mountains in the world and a top tourist attraction for the State of Colorado. Visited by more than 600,000 people annually, it is unique in that is the only “fourteener” (a mountain of 14,000 feet in altitude) that everyone can access regardless of age or fitness level. Pikes Peak is an American icon, and the summit is a National Historic Landmark that holds a special place in America's heart. With deteriorating conditions, the 1960s era Pikes Peak Summit House no longer meets the needs of its ever-growing number of visitors. The new Visitor's Center design aims to support the mission of each major stakeholder and provide a new and exciting visitor experience.


Ever curious. Ever learning. Ever improving.

The goal for the design team - led by RTA Architects and including GWWO Architects - is to give visitors to the new Pikes Peak Visitor Center a seamless, immersive experience with facilities specifically designed for the harsh environment on the Peak. while staying mindful of siting and view sheds. RTA Architects and GWWO Architects guided the design process using extensive public input and deep collaboration among all project stakeholders including the City of Colorado Springs, the US Forest Service, and Pikes Peak - America's Mountain staff, over 50 additional stakeholders, and 500,000 local citizens who see Pikes Peak as their mountain. RTA is also providing support for the project’s fundraising efforts. 


Purposeful, engaging solutions.

Inside the new Visitor Center, guests will be exposed to a greater understanding the Peak’s formation, discovery, and its iconic place in American History through interpretive exhibits. The building will then guide visitors back outside to continue their experience of the beauty, richness and history of Pikes Peak through the incorporation of accessible walkways and additional interpretive opportunities.

The Pikes Peak Visitor Center also has high sustainability goals and is pursuing LEED Silver certification as well as the Living Building Challenge, the world’s most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings. If successful, it will be the first building at 14,000 feet in altitude and the first project in the state of Colorado to achieve this prestigious certification.

For construction highlights and future construction milestones, please visit www.coloradosprings.gov.

Watch real-time construction progress here.

Project Details

  • Square footage: 38,000 sf
  • Project cost: $60-65M (estimated)

Design Details

  • High-profile public project
  • Improved ADA accessbility
  • Interpretive exhibits
  • High performance sustainable design
  • Improved food service and enhanced retail
  • Outdoor gathering, dining, and instructional areas
  • Fundraising assistance
  • Collaborative design process
  • Pursuing LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge certifications