Although we have been here just over a year as a family we hadn't made the drive up to Pikes Peak until Sept 17th. We had some temperature changes that week and so there was snow up at the top. The drive was quick and really nice until we hit the sleet, hail and then winter like conditions... the temp difference from the base to the top can be a 30 degree difference. We were ready though and for me (having had allergy problems all week) it was a welcomed relief to be able to breath once we got to the top! Chris thinks I am nuts, apparently I need to live at Sea Level or above 14,000 in order to thrive! We took several pictures and enjoyed the famous donuts which are only made at that altitude (and they were really yummy!)... the kids cant wait for winter~ they really love the snow! Then we headed back down the mountain venturing through the 'seasons', watching the trees reappear and seeing birds flying below us and counting rainbows as the sun would appear and the rain would subside. It was a really pretty day and the Aspen was already turning a pretty gold color. It is definitely worth the drive and perhaps next time we'll get out and hike around the trails.