Pikes Peak National Cemetery
Artist's rendering of Pikes Peak National Cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Hours: This cemetery is under construction, and does not currently have operating hours. The cemetery is expected to begin operations in October 2018. For more information about Pikes Peak National Cemetery, call 719-216-1025.
The VA will hold a cemetery dedication ceremony at 11:00 AM (MDT) on Friday, May 25, 2018 at the cemetery, located at 10545 Drennan Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80925. The ceremony is open to the public.
Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. A Veteran's spouse, widow or widower, minor dependent children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran. Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial. For more information visit our eligibility web page.
From the Colorado Springs Airport: Head north on Milton E. Proby Parkway Airport Exit Toward Service Road. Use any lane to turn slightly left onto Milton E. Proby Parkway. Turn left onto Creterra Parkway. Merge onto CO-21 South. Turn left onto Bradley Road. Turn left onto S. Marksheffel Blvd. Turn right onto Drennan Road. The destination will be on the right.
Fax all discharge documentation to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 1-866-900-6417 and follow-up with a phone call to 1-800-535-1117.
For information on scheduled burials in our national cemeteries, please go to the Daily Burial Schedule.
Pikes Peak National Cemetery is a new 374-acre Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) national cemetery in the southeast portion of Colorado Springs. The cemetery will serve the burial needs of more than 95,000 Veterans, their spouses and eligible family members in perpetuity. This will be the third national cemetery opened in Colorado. The other two national cemeteries are Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver and Fort Lyon.
Cemetery construction is currently underway and VA will hold a dedication ceremony that will be open to the public in the Spring of 2018. First burials are expected to begin in October 2018. The initial phase of the project is anticipated to be completed in 2019.
For educational materials and additional information on this cemetery, please visit the Education section, located below.
Cemetery policies are conspicuously posted and readily visible to the public.
Floral arrangements accompanying the casket or urn at the time of burial will be placed on the completed grave. Natural fresh cut flowers may be placed on graves at any time of the year. They will be removed when they become unsightly or when it becomes necessary to facilitate cemetery operations such as mowing. Flowers ordered for delivery to the cemetery must be delivered directly to the gravesite by the florist.
Permanent plantings, statues, vigil lights, breakable objects and similar items are not permitted on the graves. The Department of Veterans Affairs does not permit adornments that are considered offensive, inconsistent with the dignity of the cemetery, or considered hazardous to cemetery personnel. For example, items incorporating beads or wires may become entangled in mowers or other equipment and cause injury.
VA regulations 38 CFR 1.218 prohibit the carrying of firearms (either openly or concealed), explosives or other dangerous or deadly weapons while on VA property, except for official purposes, such as military funeral honors. Possession of firearms on any property under the charge and control of VA is prohibited. Offenders may be subject to a fine, removal from the premises, or arrest.
In January 2014, VA purchased the land known as the Rolling Hills Ranch, located east of Marksheffel Road, between Bradley and Drennan Roads for $4.49 million. The property is located in El Paso County. In the spring of 2015, VA awarded AES Group, a service-disabled Veteran-owned small business architecture and engineering firm from Parker, Colorado, a contract to design the cemetery. The VA awarded a contract for construction of the cemetery in October 2017. The initial phase of construction will develop approximately 65 acres and provide for approximately 13,300 gravesites, accommodating both casketed and cremated remains.
In addition to gravesites, the cemetery will include other features such as a front entrance on Drennan Road, an administration building, a maintenance building, a flag pole assembly area, a memorial walkway, committal shelters, and a public information center with electronic gravesite locator and restrooms. Other cemetery infrastructure features will include roads, landscaping, utilities and irrigation.
We are developing educational content for this national cemetery, and will post new materials as they become available. Visit the Veterans Legacy Program and NCA History Program for additional
information. Thank you for your interest.