Pikes Peak


Pikes Peak is a mountain peak in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, located in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. The peak is located about 10 miles (16 km) west of downtown Colorado Springs and is one of the most visited mountains in North America. It stands at an elevation of 14,115 feet (4,302 m) and is the highest summit of the southern Front Range. The mountain is named after American explorer Zebulon Pike, who led an expedition to the peak in 1806, but never reached the summit. The Pikes Peak Highway, a 19-mile toll road, leads to the summit, and the Pikes Peak Cog Railway also offers a scenic trip to the summit. The mountain is also the starting point of the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, a car and motorcycle race to the summit.