Pikes Peak History
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961, the summit of Pikes Peak is one of the most famous in the country—and in the world. At 14,115 feet, Pikes Peak is the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and one of the most visited mountains in North America.
Pikes Peak Timeline
The mountain was named for explorer Zebulon Montgomery Pike, who discovered the existence of the mountain in 1806.
Long before Zebulon Pike, the Ute Indians followed trails along the mountain during their hunting and gathering expeditions. The Utes called Pikes Peak “Sun Mountain Sitting Big” and believed that it was here that the Great Spirit created the world.
It is believed that the mountain’s rocks and stones may be over 2.3 billion years old—pre-dating the actual formation of the Rockies themselves.