El Capitán – Pikes Peak

The original spanish settlers called this mountain El Capitán. It wasn’t until later in 1806 when Zebulon Pike discovered it that it was renamed to Pikes Peak. Pikes Peak is one of 54 fourteeners in the state of Colorado and the eastern most fourteen thousand foot peak in the United States. The majestic mountain is just 14 miles away from Colorado Springs, but on a clear day you can see this mountain peak from over 70 miles away from Denver, Colorado.

In the gold mining days, 1850’s, you would see the peak from Denver and the slogan became “Pikes Peak or Bust” because the peak was so prominent even though there wasn’t gold discovered in the Pike Peak area until later in Cripple Creek. Coins were minted in Denver in the 1860’s as Pikes Peak Gold.

Katherine Lee Bates wrote America the Beautiful after seeing the view from the top of Pikes Peak. I saw this mountain everyday growing up in Colorado Springs and every time I go to visit my parents it stands tall in front of me reminding me of how grand the mountain truly is today. The view of the large mountain is visible from most east-west streets in Colorado Springs and I never get tired of the view.

I was driving down to Colorado Springs on Mother’s day to visit my parents and Pikes Peak was looming large over the front range on the way down. Snow still covers the mountain top and on this clear day the view was magical with clouds rolling overhead. I had to pull over on the way down and capture this amazing mountain one more time. You can understand why the Spanish Settler’s called it El Capitán – The Captain.

Pikes Peak
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Capture Notes:

  • ljsaltiel

    Awesome shot Rick. Love the layering of the foreground, mid-ground and background.

  • Beauty image Rick and nice background info to go with it! Well done!

  • Michael Criswell

    Great capture Rick, had to stop for that one for sure!