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AT THE TOP - Drive up Pikes Peak Part 12 High Definition - Pikes Peak is a 14115 foot mountain west of Colorado Springs, Colorado in El Paso County. It is named for Zebulon Pike, an explorer who led an expedition to the southern Colorado area in 1806. Drivers race up the mountain in a famous annual race called the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The peak is also the site of the Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent foot races on the Barr trail. The upper portion of Pikes Peak is a federally designated National Historic Landmark. The Pikes Peak highway is a 19 mile road which starts a few miles up Ute Pass at Cascade. A project to pave the road by 2012 is underway. No visit to the Pikes Peak region is complete without experiencing Pikes Peak - America's Mountain! From the gateway at 7,400 feet to the 14,110-foot summit, a safe, scenic highway provides you the opportunity to enjoy Pikes peak at your leisure. You will encounter some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world as you wind your way through an alpine wonderland of mountain reservoirs, beyond timberline, overtaking the clouds...all part of the 19-mile journey to the top. Stop in and pick up souvenirs at one of the gift shops. In addition to gifts, the Crystal Reservoir Gift Shop, just six miles up the road, offers sluice mining and interpretive opportunities during the summer. The Glen Cove Inn, at 13 miles, offers snacks and a comfortable seat on a rock by the stream at the bottom of one of the cirques on Pikes Peak. The Summit offers a grilled food menu and world-famous donuts. From the Summit, you'll thrill at the 360-degree panorama that includes the city of Colorado Springs, the eastern plains towards Kansas, the Continental Divide, and range upon range of snow-capped Rocky Mountains. The entrance to Pikes Peak -- America's Mountain is conveniently located 15 minutes west of Colorado Springs on Highway 24.