Pike’s Trail designation up again in Congress

DENVER — It’s not as well-known as Lewis and Clark’s route — but Pike’s Trail through the West is coming back before Congress for an official designation.

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet says he plans to reintroduce a historic designation for Pike’s Trail, which began in St. Louis in 1806 and goes through Colorado and the American Southwest. The expedition was led by Zebulon Pike, namesake of Colorado’s Pikes Peak.

Pike’s expedition helped map the Rocky Mountain region in the country’s new Louisiana Purchase. Designating the route a National Historic Trail would not make the trail federal land, but would protect the route and remains of the expedition along the way.

Bennet tried unsuccessfully last year to have Pike’s Trail designated by Congress as a National Historic Trail.


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