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Colorado Mountains and Pikes Peak Established by Congress on January 26 1915 the park exhibits the massive grandeur of the Rocky Mountains Trail Ridge Road crosses the Continental Divide and looks out over dozens of peaks that tower more than 13000 feet high Longs Peak the highest peak in the park is 14255 in elevation The high point on Trail Ridge Road is 12183 The road is closed from late fall to the Memorial Day weekend Because of the high elevation of the park 8000 to over 14000 visitors need to take time to acclimatize People with various medical problems should check with their physician before coming to the park Elk mule deer big horn sheep moose coyotes and a great variety of smaller animals call the 416 square miles 265769 acresof the National Park home During the winter months snowshoeing and cross country skiing are very popular Hiking is available on 346 miles of trails Many trails can be hiked any time of the year June and July are the best months for seeing the wild flowers Weather conditions determine when and where flowers bloom call 970-586-1206 for up to date information In the fall viewing the elk rut mating season is a wonderful opportunity to see and learn about these magnificent large animals Almost 90 of the park is managed as wilderness making it a great place to enjoy solitude and the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains Lt Zebulon Montgomery Pike discovered the mountain in 1806 however Lt Pike originally named the mountain Grand Peak but cartographers labeled it Pikes Peak on their maps Lt Pikes only attempt to climb the mountain was unsuccessful due to a cold November storm and Pike later predicted that no one would ever reach the summit The first man to climb the peak was Dr Edwin James in 1820 Julia Archibald Holmes became the first woman to reach the summit in 1858 In 1893 Katherine
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