Great Sands Dunes National Park). Pike was the first American to see the Royal Gorge of the Arkansas. I wonder why this expedition is not as famous as the Lewis and Clark expedition farther north? His orders were to do the same - explore the new boundary of the United States after the Louisiana Purchase. Hmm?
Pike's Peak Granite, although there are places where gneiss and other metamorphic rocks are also present. Formed just over 1,000 million years ago, the granite is an interesting rock to behold (see below).
perthitic texture within it (lines)
Victor still has a working gold mine.