This Historic Railway In Colorado Offers The Best Views From Atop This World Famous Mountain

Standing over 14,000-feet-tall, Pikes Peak in Colorado will (literally) leave you breathless! If the elevation and thinner air don’t do you in, the stunning scenery will certainly leave you gasping for words to describe this wondrous place.

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Reaching the summit is quite an accomplishment, no matter which pathway you choose. Prepare to be chilly, even in summer. Harsh winters and a slow transition of seasons in spring can make this journey even more difficult. Stormy skies can limit the expansive views, so we suggest making the trip mid to late summer or early fall. Altitude sickness is also common at these heights; pack plenty of water and walk slowly – take your time to enjoy the incredible scenery along the way!

Photographer David Cooper travels across the western states to capture the incredible beauty all around us. Check out his adventures hiking through Tent Rocks and the Chaco Canyon ruins in New Mexico, exploring Bryce Canyon in Utah, and his visit to this incredible Viking Castle at Lake Tahoe!