Pikes Peak (formerly Pike's Peak, see below) is a mountain in the Colorado Front Range, near Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is named for Zebulon Pike, an explorer who led an expedition to the southern Colorado area in 1806. It is one of the 39 peaks in Colorado whose summits are taller than 14,000 feet (14,110, to be exact (4301 m) ). It is not the tallest, however; that distinction falls to Mount Elbert (14,433 feet (4399 m) ).
Much of the fame of Pikes Peak is due to its location near the eastern edge of the Rockies. Unlike most other similarly tall mountains in Colorado, it serves as a visible landmark for many miles to the east, far into the Great Plains. Pike's Peak or Bust became the slogan of pioneers who travelled westward from other parts of the United States. It is also notable for its imposing view: from the east (see a 167Kb image/www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:PPeakFrWest.jpg" class="external">from the west (see a 179Kb imageKatharine Lee BatesAmerica the BeautifulPeugeotcog railway18911978