Opening of the North Slope Recreation Area on Pikes Peak | Mail from Pikes Peak

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The wait is nearly over for residents and visitors who have been looking forward to fishing, hiking or biking in the Pikes Peak North Rim Recreation Area, Colorado Springs officials say.

The recreation spot along the Pikes Peak Highway opened Sunday, including the North and South Catamount Reservoirs. Crystal Reservoir is scheduled to be closed over the summer as Colorado Springs Utilities completes a maintenance and repair project.

Recreation area day passes are $5 per guest; children under 16 are free. Visitors won’t have to make reservations for the summit unless they plan to go to the top of the mountain, according to a recent press release from the city. Guests 16 or older will need a Colorado fishing license if they wish to fish in the reservoirs.

Parking is limited at Catamount Reservoirs, so officials recommend getting a free parking pass. Visitors can reserve a limited number of passes at coloradosprings.gov Online Store. Staff members will also be distributing passes, based on space availability, at the Pikes Peak Highway Gateway.

Catamount’s gates will close when parking lots are full and reopen when guests depart, making additional parking spaces available.

The North Slope Recreation Area is expected to be open, weather permitting, daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Summer hours from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. will begin May 27 and continue through Labor Day, the statement said.

For more information, visit coloradosprings.gov/pikes-peak-americas-mountain.

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