Pike’s Peak is a mountain in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains just west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The mountain was named after Zebulon Pike, Jr., the explorer who led an expedition to southern Colorado in 1806. The mountain, at 14,115 is a designated National Historical Landmark. It was one of the first mountains visible from the Prairie as the early settlers moved west. Garden of the Gods is a city park, just west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The towering, sandstone spires are a Registered Natural Landmark and are surrounded by 15 miles of trails. The Park includes some very popular technical rock climbing. The Park contains bedded sandstone, conglomerates and limestone that have been tilted into a vertical position by the mountain building forces that created the nearby Pikes Peak massif. The sandstone is filled with fossils of marine life, plants and dinosaurs. The largest sandstone formation, Gateway Rock, rises to 320 feet. Mule deer, bighorn sheep, and fox live in the Park and surrounding area and the Park is also home to more than 130 species of birds including white-throated swifts, swallows and canyon wrens.