Pikes Peak is one of the most beautiful landmarks in Colorado and the most visited mountain summit in North America. The views from the summit inspired the words to America the Beautiful. In 1803, Pikes Peak mountain became part of the United States as part of the vast Louisiana Purchase. Three years later in 1806, Lt. Zebulon Pike was sent to explore the borders of the new territory. On November 24, 1806, he set out from his stop near modern-day Pueblo, Colorado, to climb the mountain. He was forced back by a blizzard and declared that no man would ever reach the summit that now bears his name. Visitors now reach the summit by taking the cog train, hiking, biking or driving to the top.The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway boasts they have all new trains, new depots and a new visitor center at the top. It would definitely have been the least stressful way to get to the top, but after reading reviews about horrible parking, uncomfortable seats, crowded cars and limited time at the top to enjoy the view, we decided to drive up. The Pikes Peak Highway was completed in 1915, is 19.5 miles long with an elevation change of 6,715 feet and has approximately 162 turns. Conditions were amazing for our visit, although a little cold at 35º, but the sun was out and the sky was perfectly clear. The day and the views were amazing.
A look at parts of the highway. There were amazing views, unfortunately it was hard for Stan to really appreciate them.