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One of the highlights of The Pike's Peak Route is Pike’s Peak State Park. The park is named for Zebulon Pike who explored the area and also went on to explore Pike’s Peak in Colorado.  The Pike’s Peak route traces the Mississippi River from Guttenberg to McGregor, Iowa, but the majority of the route is located in the hills and valleys west of the river. The road along the river provides great views but is more heavily traveled. Away from the river the roads become smaller and less traveled. These roads also provide most of the fun as well as access to the towns and villages along the way.  While Pike’s Peak State Park, which boasts amazing river views and Bridal Veil falls is the most obvious attraction along this route, don’t miss Beulah Falls, the World’s Largest Strawberry, and the other parks and museums waiting to be discovered along the way.  


Approximate Mileage:  230 Miles

Estimated Riding Time:  5.75 Hours

Road Surface:  Paved


  • McGregor:  Pike’s Peak State Park (Bridal Veil Falls), Spook Cave, Beulah Falls, Froelich Museum

  • Gutteberg:  Guttenberg Fish Hatchery, Lockmasters House Heritage Museum

  • Elkader:  Motor Mill Historic Site, Keystone Bridge, Carter House Museum, Table Rock Site of 7/4/1838, Elkader Whitewater Park

  • Strawberry Point:  Worlds Largest Strawberry, Wilder Memorial Museum

  • West Union:  Fayette County Historical Society, Fayette County Courthouse, Goeken County Park, Dutton Cave County Park


A Paper Map is available for this route.

Motorcycle Rides, Postville, Monona, McGregor, Marquette, Clarmont, West Union, Elkader, Fayette, Arlington, Volga, Wadena, Strawberry Point, Edgewood, Elkport, Osterdock, Guttenburg, Glayton, Prairie du Chein, St. Olaf, Garnavillo

Pike's Peak Route

  • If you are riding with a group, we ask that every person using our route for navigation purchase their own copy.


    In order to encourage this, we are happy to offer a discount for group purchases. Please contact us after purchasing 1 item at full price, and we will set up a coupon code that will give everyone in your group 50% off of the same item.

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