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Pikes Peak sunrise: July 16, 2017

The Pike Peak Highway opens early Sunday, July 16, 2017, to allow spectators an unique few of the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak. Photos by Christian Murdock

People watch the sunrise among the rocks below the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
People watch the sunrise among the rocks below the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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People watch the sunrise among the rocks below the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
People watch the sunrise among the rocks below the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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People watch the sunrise from the observation deck at the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
People watch the sunrise from the observation deck at the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Heidi Jimenez, left, and Tessa Clubs watch the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs. The two Colorado Springs residents stayed up all night to watch the sunrise. Clubs had never been to the summit of Pikes Peak.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Heidi Jimenez, left, and Tessa Clubs watch the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs. The two Colorado Springs residents stayed up all night to watch the sunrise. Clubs had never been to the summit of Pikes Peak. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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People watch the sunrise among the rocks below the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
People watch the sunrise among the rocks below the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A photographer captures the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A photographer captures the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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People watch the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
People watch the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Photographers line the cog railroad tracks to capture the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Photographers line the cog railroad tracks to capture the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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People watch the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
People watch the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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People watch the sunrise among the rocks below the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
People watch the sunrise among the rocks below the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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People look over the edge while watching the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
People look over the edge while watching the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A couple kisses as they wait for the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A couple kisses as they wait for the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Spectators watch from the  summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak as the sun begins to rise through the clouds below Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sunrise.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Spectators watch from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak as the sun begins to rise through the clouds below Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sunrise. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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People watch the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
People watch the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Heidi Jimenez, left, and Tessa Clubs watch the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs. The two Colorado Springs residents stayed up all night to watch the sunrise. Clubs had never been to the summit of Pikes Peak.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Heidi Jimenez, left, and Tessa Clubs watch the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs. The two Colorado Springs residents stayed up all night to watch the sunrise. Clubs had never been to the summit of Pikes Peak. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Heidi Jimenez, left, and Tessa Clubs watch the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs. The two Colorado Springs residents stayed up all night to watch the sunrise. Clubs had never been to the summit of Pikes Peak.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Heidi Jimenez, left, and Tessa Clubs watch the sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs. The two Colorado Springs residents stayed up all night to watch the sunrise. Clubs had never been to the summit of Pikes Peak. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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