I was stationed at Ft Carson, Colorado Springs. That road to Pike's Peak used to be all dirt, recently got paved. Is interesting how the vegetation stops at about 10,000 Ft in elevation, from there forward is nothing but dirt. Pehaps you are wondering, why the Forrest Ranger used a Thermometer? The reason for it is to check the Brake Temps when you are coming down. If they are too hot, the Ranger will ask you to park to cool them down. A lot of cars come down with smoking brakes, some, they do catch on fire. I had a Chevy Astro AWD with a Vortec 4.3L. Placed the Van on 1st gear on my way back. The Ranger checked my brakes and could not get a reading, then he placed his hand on the rim and was surprised they were cold... we stop anyway to check out the gift shop. On the summit, there is another gift shop with some Binoculars. You can see on a clear day all the way to Kansas. That day the paramedics arrived. Someone decided to climb the mountain on foot and died before reaching the summit. The air is pretty darn thin at that altitude, you can feel it. If you ever get a chance, is worth the visit. We are planning another visit to Colorado this year. Pike's Peak will be closed during the winter, the Auto Hill Climb Museum will be open. I wonder what new stuff they might have.