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Geology Marker with portion of Paint Mines in background. image, Touch for more information
By Mark Hilton, June 8, 2019
Geology Marker with portion of Paint Mines in background.
Colorado (El Paso County), Calhan — GeologyPaint Mines Interpretive Park
Imagine standing here in a tropical hardwood forest 55 million years ago. The forest and ancient soils were later covered by white sandstone of uplifted and later eroded Pikes Peak Granite. The sandstone is known as the Dawson Arkose Formation. Its . . . — Map (db m135458) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Cascade — The Continental Divide
The Rocky Mountains are the longest chain of mountains in the world. They divide the United States watershed between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Colorado has 53 peaks over 14,000 feet. One inch on the Horizon equals about 38 miles. — Map (db m4838) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Cascade — Zebulon Montgomery Pike
In recognition of the notable career of Zebulon Montgomery Pike, · Soldier -- Explorer · The people of Colorado have placed this tablet on the summit of the great mountain first seen by Pike, November 15, 1806. General Pike was born at . . . — Map (db m4865) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — A Look From The Top
Pikes Peak You are at 13,380 feet, 4,078 meters Feeling Spacey? In the United States you can not get much closer to outer space than this! Are you dizzy and short of breath? No wonder, you are 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) above sea level! There is 40% . . . — Map (db m45815) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — A Mountain of Many Names
The Ute Indians say they have always lived in the hills of Colorado. They referred to the Rocky Mountain’s easternmost peak as Sun Mountain because it vibrantly catches the early morning rays. In the late 1700s, Spaniards referred to the peak as El . . . — Map (db m45922) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — A New Home in the Hills
Soon after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act in 1862, homesteaders moved west across the prairies and spread into the hills of Pikes Peak. In the 1870s, the Crowe family claimed 160 acres in this valley that later came to be known . . . — Map (db m45936) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — A Plentiful Harvest
The abundant seeds of piñon and juniper trees draw wildlife to this ecosystem like a magnet. Chipmunks, foxes, piñon mice and squirrels munch the blue or copper-colored juniper berries. The berries last through the winter. They provide food for . . . — Map (db m45982) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — A Priceless Gift
In 1879, General William Jackson Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs, convinced his friend, Charles Elliot Perkins to purchase land in Garden of the Gods. Perkins eventually bought a total of 480 spectacular acres surrounding the Gateway Rocks, . . . — Map (db m135547) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — A Priceless GiftGarden of the Gods Park
In 1879, General William Jackson Palmer, founder of Colorado Springs, convinced his friend Charles Elliot Perkins to purchase land in Garden of the Gods. Perkins eventually bought a total of 480 spectacular acres surrounding the Gateway Rocks, . . . — Map (db m135646) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — America the Beautiful
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the inspiration of “America the Beautiful” by Katharine Lee Bates, 1859-1929. Following her visit to this Summit on July 22, 1893. Dedicated July 4, 1993 by Hank Brown, United States Senator. Lon . . . — Map (db m45817) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — B-52D Stratofortress"Diamond Lil" — 1957 - 1983 —
Dedicated to the men and women of the Strategic Air Command who flew and maintained the B-52D throughout its 26-year history in the command. Aircraft 55-083, with over 15,000 flying hours, is one of two B-52Ds credited with a confirmed MIG . . . — Map (db m43208) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — Bloomer Girl; A Colorado Trailblazer
In 1858, a young woman from Kansas climbed to the summit of Pikes Peak. Julia Archibald Holmes was the first Anglo woman on record to make the climb, and she became famous for that accomplishment as well as for the way she did it.

Julia had . . . — Map (db m46001) HM

Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — Evergreen Cemetery Pioneers Memorial
This monument erected in memory of those unsung pioneers who helped build the Pikes Peak Region, the infants born to pioneer families of this area, and those later residents, both known and unknown, who came to this final resting place: Blocks 20, . . . — Map (db m19080) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — Forests Without Fire
Without fires, forests grow dense with trees that compete for nutrients, sunlight and space. Competition and stress leave forests susceptible to disease, insects and fire. Many plants on the forest floor die competing for nutrients adding to the . . . — Map (db m45935) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — Garden of the Gods Park
The beauty of Garden of the Gods Park, with its dramatic red rock formations framing Pikes Peak, serves as a magnificent eastern gateway to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. The park’s towering red sandstone rocks have long been recognized as a landmark. . . . — Map (db m45983) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — Goerke & Son Photography
A Privately-Owned Balanced Rock In the 1890s, photographer Paul Goerke shrewdly purchased the land around Balanced Rock. Goerke and his son, Curt, snapped photos of tourists for .25 cents each. The Goerkes then developed the plates in their . . . — Map (db m45981) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — Indian Trail
This stone marks the Indian Trail used by the Plains Indians to Ute Pass — Map (db m52001) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — O Beautiful For Spacious Skies...
Travelers have been drawn to the towering rock formations of Garden of the Gods and the world famous Pikes Peak for centuries. The view from the summit inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write the lyrics for “America the Beautiful" in 1893. . . . — Map (db m135578) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — Old Fort and Stockade
This marks the site of the Old Fort and Stockade built by Pioneers of Colorado City used in defense against the Indians in 1864 and 1868 Constructed of logs set on end _____ Erected by Old . . . — Map (db m96054) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — Pick a Climate
As you drive up Pikes Peak, you’ll feel it get colder. You’ll also notice that the plants change. See if you can pick out four different life zones on the way to and from the summit. A life zone is a plant and animal community that exists at a . . . — Map (db m45929) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — Pike's Peak
Has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States. US Department of . . . — Map (db m45816) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
Welcome! Rock ledge Ranch Historic Site is a living history museum that allows visitors to experience the lives of the people who dwelled, worked, hunted, herded and raised families here from the 1700s to the early 20th century. This . . . — Map (db m46002) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
1775-1835 American Indian Area Discover the history and culture of the American Indians who lived in the Central Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Visitors will have an opportunity to see an elk or buffalo hide tepee, a wide variety of tools . . . — Map (db m135562) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — Take a Closer Look...Alpine/Subalpine Life Zone
Alpine and subalpine tundra is the low-growing vegetation found in the “land above the trees.” At this high elevation, the climate is harsh with searing winds, intense sunlight and frigid temperatures that limit the growing season. In . . . — Map (db m45927) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — Take a Closer Look...Foothills Life Zone
The foothills of Colorado’s eastern slope form the dramatic meeting place of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains. In this transition area between the prairie and the mountains, grasslands intermix with scrublands of mountain mahogany and scrub . . . — Map (db m45925) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — Take a Closer Look...Montane Life Zone
When artists and photographers portray Colorado’s mountainous beauty, they usually capture the classic views of evergreen forests, stands of quaking aspens, and meadows of brilliant wildflowers. The montane area above 8,000 feet contains just such . . . — Map (db m45926) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — Test Your Bird I.Q.
Watch and listen to see how many different birds you can discover on Pikes Peak. From the foothills to the summit, there are about 225 species. This variety is due to the number of habitats on the mountain. Can you match the birds to the habitat? . . . — Map (db m45920) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — The Amazing Balanced Rock
Around 300 million years ago, the Ancestral Rockies once stood here. Over time, the forces of wind and water eroded the magnificent peaks into swift streams full of sediments. These sediments were eventually pressed and cemented into solid rock. The . . . — Map (db m45979) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — The Garden of the Gods
Given to the City of Colorado Springs in 1909 by the children of Charles Elliott Perkins In fulfilment of his wish that it be kept forever free to the public — Map (db m135023) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — The Making of America's Mountain
The granite that make up Pikes Peak was once molten (or liquid) rock. It slowly cooled and hardened miles beneath the earth’s surface, giving the crystals time to grow. Over the last 500 million years several tectonic plates (the earth’s outer . . . — Map (db m45921) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — The United States Air Force Academy
Directly in front of you is the Academy which is dedicated to producing highly qualified and motivated officers for your U.S. Air Force. Its four year program combines Military and academic instruction and athletic competition. The airfield in the . . . — Map (db m4884) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — Time Frozen In StoneGarden of the Gods Park
This rock formation, called Sentinel Rock, is a geologic treasure. It is composed of two types of rock - a fine sandstone and a gravelly conglomerate. The various layers in this rock were deposited 275 million years ago. During that time, ancient . . . — Map (db m135022) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — United States Air Force Academy
Welcome to Colorado Springs History of Colorado Springs Founded as a resort town in 1871 by Civil War hero General William Jackson Palmer, the region has drawn visitors world-wide since its beginning. People traveled near and far to . . . — Map (db m107277) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — Ute Pass
Passage from prairie to high plains If you had been standing on this spot for the last 10,000 years, you would have seen the history of Colorado progress below you. This ancient route through the Rocky Mountains is named for Colorado’s Ute . . . — Map (db m45761) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — Welcome to America’s Mountain
Take Your Time and Enjoy Your Trip: Allow at least two hours to make the 38-mile round-trip to the summit and back. Uphill traffic has the right-of-way at all times. Watch for maintenance equipment. Driving Up: If your engine begins to labor on . . . — Map (db m45932) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — Welcome to Garden of the Gods Park
The Central Garden Trail is a moderate, one-mile round-trip loop. It is paved and wheelchair accessible. This trail will take you between the towering Gateway Rocks into the heart of Garden of the Gods Park. Along the way you will have the . . . — Map (db m72936) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Colorado Springs — Well-traveled Water
Did you know that Colorado Springs is almost a desert? Deserts receive less than ten inches of rain per year. The average precipitation in Colorado Springs is only about 15 inches per year. That’s pretty dry compared to Boston’s annual 44 . . . — Map (db m45919) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Manitou Springs — 13 — Ute Pass
This memorial is the Property of the State of Colorado Ute Pass Named from the old Ute Trail which led from South Park through Manitou to the Plains. Traversed by the Utes on hunting and war expeditions. Improved highway built . . . — Map (db m32663) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Manitou Springs — Wheeler Town Clock
Jerome Wheeler donated this clock in 1889 for the opening of the Manitou Mineral Water Bottling Company. The clock, cast by the J. L. Mott Iron Works of Trenton, New Jersey, was also a fountain. Water flowed from stylized dolphin heads into bowls; . . . — Map (db m55812) HM
Colorado (El Paso County), Monument — Old Stone Fort
This tablet is the property of the State of Colorado _____ Due south 610 feet is the Old Stone Fort built at the pioneer home of David McShane. Constructed as a defense against Arapaho and . . . — Map (db m104869) HM

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