at the summit
The most visited mountain in North America and the second most visited mountain in the world behind Japan’s Mount Fuji, Pike’s Peak forms a stunning backdrop for Colorado Springs and the Garden of the Gods. At an altitude of 14,110 feet above sea level, Pikes Peak is the 31st highest peak out of 54 Colorado peaks. It is the farthest east of the big peaks in the Rocky Mountain chain, which contributed to its early fame among explorers, pioneers and immigrants and made it the symbol of the 1859 Gold Rush to Colorado with the slogan, “Pike’s Peak or Bust.”
Originally called “El Capitan” by Spanish settlers, the mountain was renamed Pike’s Peak after Zebulon Pike Jr., an explorer who led an expedition to the southern Colorado area in 1806. At 14,115 feet (4,302 m), it is one of Colorado’s 54 fourteeners (mountains that rise more than 14,000 feet (4,267.2 m) above mean sea level) and is a designated a National Historic Landmark.