Pikes Peak America's Mountain
Don't leave the Colorado Springs area without scheduling time to explore Pikes Peak, the most visited mountain in North America and the second most visited mountain in the world, behind Mount Fuji. This magnificient mountain, at an elevation of 14,115 feet above sea level, is the 31st higheset peak in Colorado. Pikes Peak is one of the 54 peaks in Colorado categorized as "fourteeners," or mountains with elevations above 14,000 feet. Pikes Peak's early fame derived from it being the furthest east of the big peaks in the Rocky Mountain chain and it was the symbol of the 1859 Gold Rush from the slogan of the migration, "Pikes Peak or Bust". Experience this distinguished "fourteener" by driving up the Pikes Peak Highway, hiking up Barr Trail, or taking a ride up the mountain on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway to the Summit House. The Pikes Peak Highway is fully paved and is open year-round, weather permitting. Hiking up the 13 mile Barr Trail is attempted by 15,000 people a year. The more visited mountain in North America. It begins at the base of the mountain in Manitou Springs and is the longest "fourteener" trail in Colorado with the greatest base to summit elevation gain of 7,400 feet. Many also choose to ride the 8.9 mile Cog Railway to the summit. The railway operates year-round, but on a limited basis from November to May.