Southern Rocky Mountains


Southern Rocky Mountains
Southern Rocky Mountains
Range
Mount Elbert is the highest peak of the Southern Rocky Mountains
Country United States
States Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Part of Rocky Mountains
Highest point Mount Elbert
 - elevation 14,440 ft (4,401 m)
 - coordinates 39°07′04″N 106°26′43″W / 39.11778°N 106.44528°W / 39.11778; -106.44528

The Southern Rocky Mountains are a major subregion of the Rocky Mountains of North America located in the southern portion of the U.S. state of Wyoming, the central and western portions of Colorado, the northern portion of New Mexico, and extreme eastern portions of Utah. The Southern Rockies include the highest mountain ranges of the Rocky Mountains and include all 30 of the highest peaks of the Rockies. The Southern Rocky Mountains are also commonly known as the Southern Rockies, and since the highest peaks are located in the State of Colorado, they are sometimes known as the Colorado Rockies, although many important ranges and peaks rise in the other three states.

The Southern Rocky Mountains are generally divided from the Western Rocky Mountains by the Green River and the Colorado River below the Green River. The Southern Rockies are divided from the Central Rocky Mountains by South Pass in Wyoming and the drainage running east from the pass down the Sweetwater River and the North Platte River; and the drainage running southwest from the pass down Pacific Creek and Sandy Creek to the Green River. This divide between the Southern Rockies and the Central Rockies provided the lowest elevation traverse of the Rocky Mountain region for the historic Oregon Trail, the Mormon Trail, and the California Trail.

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Mountain ranges

The following table lists the mountain ranges and subranges of the Southern Rocky Mountains with their highest summit.

Mountain Ranges of the Southern Rocky Mountains

Mountain Range Highest Summit
primary secondary tertiary states summit name elevation prominence isolation
Sawatch Range[1] PB Central Sawatch Range Elbert Massif PB  Colorado Mount Elbert[2] NGS 14,440 feet
4401 m
9,093 feet
2772 m
670.6 miles
1079.2 km
Massive Massif PB  Colorado Mount Massive[3] 14,428 feet
4398 m
1,941 feet
592 m
5.1 miles
8.2 km
Collegiate Peaks PB  Colorado Mount Harvard NGS 14,421 feet
4396 m
2,327 feet
709 m
14.9 miles
24.0 km
Williams Mountains PB  Colorado Williams Mountains High Point PB 13,389 feet
4081 m
1,682 feet
513 m
3.7 miles
6.0 km
Southern Sawatch Range PB  Colorado Mount Antero NGS 14,276 feet
4351 m
2,503 feet
763 m
17.7 miles
28.6 km
Far Southern Sawatch Range PB  Colorado Mount Ouray NGS 13,961 feet
4255 m
2,659 feet
810 m
13.6 miles
21.9 km
Northern Sawatch Range PB  Colorado Mount of the Holy Cross NGS 14,009 feet
4270 m
2,111 feet
643 m
18.5 miles
29.8 km
Sangre de Cristo Mountains PB Sierra Blanca Massif PB  Colorado Blanca Peak[3] 14,351 feet
4374 m
5,326 feet
1623 m
103.4 miles
166.4 km
Northern Sangre de Cristo Range PB Crestones PB  Colorado Crestone Peak[3] 14,300 feet
4359 m
4,554 feet
1388 m
27.4 miles
44.1 km
 Colorado Rito Alto Peak[3] PB 13,800 feet
4206 m
1,134 feet
346 m
7.3 miles
11.7 km
Culebra Range PB  Colorado
 New Mexico
Culebra Peak[3] 14,053 feet
4283 m
4,827 feet
1471 m
35.5 miles
57.1 km
Spanish Peaks PB  Colorado West Spanish Peak[3] 13,631 feet
4155 m
3,685 feet
1123 m
20.4 miles
32.9 km
Taos Mountains PB  New Mexico Wheeler Peak[4] NGS 13,167 feet
4013 m
3,409 feet
1039 m
37.4 miles
60.1 km
Santa Fe Mountains PB  New Mexico Truchas Peak NGS 13,107 feet
3995 m
4,001 feet
1220 m
42.4 miles
68.2 km
Cimarron Range PB  New Mexico Baldy Mountain NGS 12,445 feet
3793 m
2,701 feet
823 m
11.3 miles
18.2 km
Wet Mountains PB  Colorado Greenhorn Mountain NGS 12,352 feet
3765 m
3,777 feet
1151 m
26.4 miles
42.5 km
Southern Sangre de Cristo Range PB  New Mexico Cerro Vista NGS PB 11,937 feet
3638 m
2,519 feet
768 m
14.2 miles
22.8 km
San Juan Mountains PB North Central San Juan Mountains PB  Colorado Uncompahgre Peak NGS 14,321 feet
4365 m
4,277 feet
1304 m
85.1 miles
136.9 km
San Miguel Mountains PB  Colorado Mount Wilson[3] 14,252 feet
4344 m
4,024 feet
1227 m
33.1 miles
53.2 km
Sneffels Range PB  Colorado Mount Sneffels NGS 14,158 feet
4315 m
3,050 feet
930 m
15.7 miles
25.3 km
Needle Mountains PB  Colorado Mount Eolus[3] 14,089 feet
4294 m
2,183 feet
665 m
25.2 miles
40.5 km
Grenadier Range PB  Colorado Vestal Peak[3] PB 13,870 feet
4228 m
1,104 feet
336 m
4.3 miles
6.9 km
West Needle Mountains PB  Colorado Twilight Peak[3] PB 13,163 feet
4012 m
2,338 feet
713 m
4.9 miles
7.9 km
La Garita Mountains PB  Colorado San Luis Peak NGS 14,022 feet
4274 m
3,113 feet
949 m
27.0 miles
43.4 km
Cochetopa Hills  Colorado Long Branch Baldy NGS 11,982 feet
3652 m
1,474 feet
449 m
13.7 miles
22.0 km
East Central San Juan Mountains PB  Colorado Half Peak[3] PB 13,848 feet
4221 m
1,481 feet
451 m
3.9 miles
6.3 km
Southern San Juan Mountains PB  Colorado
 New Mexico
Summit Peak NGS PB 13,308 feet
4056 m
2,760 feet
841 m
39.9 miles
64.2 km
La Plata Mountains PB  Colorado Lavender Peak[3] PB 13,245 feet
4037 m
2,860 feet
872 m
24.8 miles
39.9 km
Mosquito Range PB  Colorado Mount Lincoln NGS 14,293 feet
4357 m
3,862 feet
1177 m
22.6 miles
36.3 km
Tenmile Range PB  Colorado Quandary Peak NGS 14,271 feet
4350 m
1,105 feet
337 m
3.2 miles
5.1 km
Front Range PB Central Front Range PB  Colorado Grays Peak[5] NGS 14,278 feet
4352 m
2,770 feet
844 m
25.0 miles
40.3 km
Mount Evans Massif  Colorado Mount Evans NGS 14,265 feet
4347 m
2,769 feet
844 m
10.07 miles
16 km
Northern Front Range PB Longs Peak Massif PB  Colorado Longs Peak NGS 14,259 feet
4346 m
2,940 feet
896 m
43.6 miles
70.2 km
Mummy Range PB  Colorado Hagues Peak NGS PB 13,573 feet
4137 m
2,420 feet
738 m
15.9 miles
25.6 km
Indian Peaks PB  Colorado North Arapaho Peak[3] PB 13,508 feet
4117 m
1,665 feet
507 m
15.4 miles
24.8 km
Never Summer Mountains PB  Colorado Mount Richthofen[3] PB 12,945 feet
3946 m
2,680 feet
817 m
9.7 miles
15.5 km
Southern Front Range Pikes Peak Massif  Colorado Pikes Peak NGS 14,115 feet
4302 m
5,530 feet
1686 m
60.8 miles
97.8 km
South Park Hills PB  Colorado Waugh Mountain[3] PB 11,716 feet
3571 m
2,330 feet
710 m
20.0 miles
32.2 km
Rampart Range PB  Colorado Devils Head NGS PB 9,749 feet
2972 m
1,248 feet
380 m
8.0 miles
12.9 km
South Williams Fork Mountains PB  Colorado Ptarmigan Peak[3] PB 12,504 feet
3811 m
721 feet
220 m
4.3 miles
6.9 km
Tarryall Mountains PB  Colorado Bison Peak NGS PB 12,432 feet
3789 m
2,451 feet
747 m
19.1 miles
30.8 km
Kenosha Mountains PB  Colorado Windy Peak NGS PB 11,970 feet
3649 m
1,510 feet
460 m
5.4 miles
8.7 km
Elk Mountains PB  Colorado Castle Peak NGS 14,279 feet
4352 m
2,365 feet
721 m
20.9 miles
33.7 km
Ruby Range  Colorado Mount Owen NGS PB 13,070 feet
3984 m
1,358 feet
414 m
8.0 miles
12.8 km
West Elk Mountains PB  Colorado West Elk Peak NGS PB 13,042 feet
3975 m
3,095 feet
943 m
13.8 miles
22.2 km
Gore Range PB  Colorado Mount Powell[3] PB 13,566 feet
4135 m
3,000 feet
914 m
21.5 miles
34.6 km
Medicine Bow Mountains PB  Colorado
 Wyoming
Clark Peak NGS PB 12,954 feet
3948 m
2,771 feet
845 m
73.2 miles
26.8 km
La Sal Mountains PB  Utah
 Colorado
Mount Peale NGS 12,726 feet
3879 m
6,181 feet
1883 m
73.2 miles
117.8 km
Flat Tops PB  Colorado Flat Top Mountain NGS PB 12,361 feet
3768 m
4,054 feet
1236 m
42.8 miles
68.9 km
Rabbit Ears Range PB  Colorado Parkview Mountain NGS PB 12,301 feet
3749 m
2,676 feet
816 m
10.9 miles
17.6 km
Park Range PB Central Park Range PB  Colorado Mount Zirkel[3] PB 12,185 feet
3714 m
3,470 feet
1058 m
41.5 miles
66.8 km
Elkhead Mountains PB  Colorado Sand Mountain North[3] PB 10,884 feet
3317 m
2,179 feet
664 m
18.2 miles
29.3 km
White River Plateau PB  Colorado Blair Mountain[3] PB 11,445 feet
3488 m
1,736 feet
529 m
17.5 miles
28.2 km
Grand Mesa PB  Colorado Crater Peak NGS PB 11,333 feet
3454 m
2,307 feet
703 m
18.0 miles
29.0 km
Laramie Mountains PB  Colorado
 Wyoming
Laramie Mountains High Point NGS PB 11,025 feet
3360 m
1,880 feet
573 m
15.5 miles
24.9 km
Uncompaghre Plateau PB  Colorado
 Utah
Horsefly Peak NGS PB 10,353 feet
3156 m
1,437 feet
438 m
14.6 miles
23.5 km
Ute Mountain PB  Colorado Ute Peak NGS 9,984 feet
3043 m
4,039 feet
1231 m
39.1 miles
62.9 km
Raton Mesa PB  Colorado
 New Mexico
Fishers Peak[3] PB 9,633 feet
2936 m
1,847 feet
563 m
32.4 miles
52.2 km

Mountain peaks

Highest summits

The following sortable table lists the 57 mountain peaks of the Southern Rocky Mountains with at least 4,000 meters (13,123 ft) of topographic elevation and at least 500 meters (1,640 ft) of topographic prominence. Topographic elevation is defined as the vertical distance above the reference geoid, a precise mathematical model of the Earth's sea level as an equipotential gravitational surface. Topographic prominence is the elevation difference between the summit and the highest or key col to a higher summit.

The 57 mountain peaks of the Southern Rocky Mountains with at least 4000 meters of
topographic elevation and 500 meters of topographic prominence


Rank Mountain Peak State Mountain Range Elevation Prominence Isolation
1 Mount Elbert[2] NGS  Colorado Sawatch Range !B9916103674900 14,440 ft
4401 m
!B9920728394337 9,093 ft
2772 m
!B9861082508840 671 mi
1,079 km
2 Mount Massive[3]  Colorado Sawatch Range !B9916111841916 14,428 ft
4398 m
!B9936171405339 1,941 ft
592 m
!B9909942267937 5.1 mi
8.2 km
3 Mount Harvard NGS  Colorado Collegiate Peaks !B9916112246690 14,427 ft
4397 m
!B9934357637279 2,327 ft
709 m
!B9899137743107 15 mi
24 km
4 La Plata Peak[3]  Colorado Collegiate Peaks !B9916153750080 14,368 ft
4379 m
!B9936700349175 1,841 ft
561 m
!B9907797092971 6 mi
10 km
5 Blanca Peak[3]  Colorado Sierra Blanca !B9916165414218 14,351 ft
4374 m
!B9926077435655 5,326 ft
1623 m
!B9879776699204 103 mi
166 km
6 Uncompahgre Peak NGS  Colorado San Juan Mountains !B9916186265317 14,321 ft
4365 m
!B9928270920401 4,277 ft
1304 m
!B9881730670374 85 mi
137 km
7 Crestone Peak[3]  Colorado Crestones !B9916201002402 14,300 ft
4359 m
!B9927643383526 4,554 ft
1388 m
!B9893064654421 27 mi
44 km
8 Mount Lincoln NGS  Colorado Mosquito Range !B9916205757383 14,293 ft
4357 m
!B9929291586523 3,862 ft
1177 m
!B9895001515355 23 mi
36 km
9 Castle Peak NGS  Colorado Elk Mountains !B9916215632566 14,279 ft
4352 m
!B9934195661542 2,365 ft
721 m
!B9895744501917 21 mi
34 km
10 Grays Peak[5] NGS  Colorado Front Range !B9916216092114 14,278 ft
4352 m
!B9932614968559 2,770 ft
844 m
!B9893966379461 25 mi
40 km
11 Mount Antero NGS  Colorado Sawatch Range !B9916217470886 14,276 ft
4351 m
!B9933628546880 2,503 ft
763 m
!B9897402375835 18 mi
29 km
12 Mount Evans NGS  Colorado Front Range !B9916225287517 14,265 ft
4348 m
!B9932618581689 2,769 ft
844 m
!B9903347696365 10 mi
16 km
13 Longs Peak NGS  Colorado Front Range !B9916229888391 14,259 ft
4346 m
!B9932019345948 2,940 ft
896 m
!B9888410388702 44 mi
70 km
14 Mount Wilson[3]  Colorado San Miguel Mountains PB !B9916234307223 14,252 ft
4344 m
!B9928880679064 4,024 ft
1227 m
!B9891179983724 33 mi
53 km
15 Mount Princeton NGS  Colorado Collegiate Peaks !B9916268388548 14,204 ft
4329 m
!B9935023957911 2,177 ft
664 m
!B9909687862939 5.2 mi
8.4 km
16 Mount Yale NGS  Colorado Collegiate Peaks !B9916269520435 14,202 ft
4329 m
!B9936512019758 1,876 ft
572 m
!B9909028283261 5.5 mi
8.9 km
17 Maroon Peak NGS  Colorado Elk Mountains !B9916296840044 14,163 ft
4317 m
!B9934319038303 2,336 ft
712 m
!B9905296057226 8 mi
13 km
18 Mount Sneffels NGS  Colorado Sneffels Range PB !B9916300547008 14,158 ft
4315 m
!B9931652025855 3,050 ft
930 m
!B9898606501237 16 mi
25 km
19 Capitol Peak[3]  Colorado Elk Mountains !B9916315815646 14,137 ft
4309 m
!B9937322227676 1,730 ft
527 m
!B9906090061283 7 mi
12 km
20 Pikes Peak NGS  Colorado Pikes Peak Massif !B9916330926332 14,115 ft
4302 m
!B9925701563606 5,530 ft
1686 m
!B9885091156659 61 mi
98 km
21 Mount Eolus[3]  Colorado Needle Mountains !B9916349666381 14,089 ft
4294 m
!B9934996446997 2,183 ft
665 m
!B9893914366960 25 mi
40 km
22 Handies Peak NGS  Colorado San Juan Mountains !B9916371708445 14,058 ft
4285 m
!B9936448268035 1,888 ft
575 m
!B9902018729631 11 mi
18 km
23 Culebra Peak[3]  Colorado Culebra Range !B9916375289183 14,053 ft
4283 m
!B9927061187476 4,827 ft
1471 m
!B9890479661364 35 mi
57 km
24 San Luis Peak NGS  Colorado La Garita Mountains PB !B9916397413597 14,022 ft
4274 m
!B9931447577062 3,113 ft
949 m
!B9893215548917 27 mi
43 km
25 Mount of the Holy Cross NGS  Colorado Sawatch Range !B9916405114629 14,011 ft
4271 m
!B9935331820964 2,111 ft
643 m
!B9896974008133 19 mi
30 km
26 Grizzly Peak NGS  Colorado Collegiate Peaks !B9916416618700 13,995 ft
4266 m
!B9936342892909 1,908 ft
582 m
!B9907043997840 7 mi
11 km
27 Mount Ouray NGS  Colorado Sawatch Range !B9916440559563 13,961 ft
4255 m
!B9933023943106 2,659 ft
810 m
!B9900075862382 14 mi
22 km
28 Vermilion Peak[3] PB  Colorado San Juan Mountains !B9916484555720 13,900 ft
4237 m
!B9935360287090 2,105 ft
642 m
!B9904112231923 9 mi
15 km
29 Mount Silverheels NGS PB  Colorado Front Range !B9916535951295 13,829 ft
4215 m
!B9934548543834 2,283 ft
696 m
!B9909152228509 5.5 mi
8.8 km
30 Rio Grande Pyramid NGS PB  Colorado San Juan Mountains !B9916537374884 13,827 ft
4214 m
!B9936592298459 1,861 ft
567 m
!B9902409603518 11 mi
17 km
31 Bald Mountain[3] PB  Colorado Front Range !B9916636562494 13,690 ft
4173 m
!B9935388834479 2,099 ft
640 m
!B9905998660563 8 mi
12 km
32 Mount Oso[3]  Colorado San Juan Mountains !B9916636912385 13,690 ft
4173 m
!B9937711202281 1,664 ft
507 m
!B9909163572810 5.5 mi
8.8 km
33 Mount Jackson[3] PB  Colorado Sawatch Range !B9916646793462 13,676 ft
4169 m
!B9936870173309 1,810 ft
552 m
!B9914513081415 3.2 mi
5.2 km
34 Bard Peak[3] PB  Colorado Front Range !B9916668536928 13,647 ft
4159 m
!B9937491274770 1,701 ft
518 m
!B9909243345313 5.4 mi
8.7 km
35 Peak 10[3] PB  Colorado Tenmile Range !B9916673659068 13,640 ft
4157 m
!B9937155990834 1,759 ft
536 m
!B9927557724843 0.9 mi
1.4 km
36 West Spanish Peak[3]  Colorado Spanish Peaks !B9916680109961 13,631 ft
4155 m
!B9929760736505 3,685 ft
1123 m
!B9895993801508 20 mi
33 km
37 Hagues Peak NGS PB  Colorado Mummy Range !B9916722738335 13,573 ft
4137 m
!B9933965766360 2,420 ft
738 m
!B9898488714245 16 mi
26 km
38 Mount Powell[3] PB  Colorado Gore Range !B9916727914922 13,566 ft
4135 m
!B9931817318875 3,000 ft
914 m
!B9895492584670 21 mi
35 km
39 Tower Mountain[3] PB  Colorado San Juan Mountains !B9916733752375 13,558 ft
4132 m
!B9937783567066 1,652 ft
504 m
!B9909381596363 5.4 mi
8.6 km
40 Treasure Mountain[3] PB  Colorado Elk Mountains !B9916750957955 13,535 ft
4125 m
!B9932432525115 2,821 ft
860 m
!B9906826005557 7 mi
11 km
41 North Arapaho Peak[3] PB  Colorado Indian Peaks PB !B9916770782011 13,508 ft
4117 m
!B9937705190527 1,665 ft
507 m
!B9898822078448 15 mi
25 km
42 Parry Peak[3]  Colorado Front Range !B9916853294400 13,397 ft
4083 m
!B9937316445209 1,731 ft
528 m
!B9903696343685 9 mi
15 km
43 Williams Mountains High Point[3] PB  Colorado Williams Mountains PB !B9916859325596 13,389 ft
4081 m
!B9937603598344 1,682 ft
513 m
!B9912189052647 4.0 mi
6.5 km
44 Sultan Mountain[3] PB  Colorado San Juan Mountains !B9916870758592 13,373 ft
4076 m
!B9936554765389 1,868 ft
569 m
!B9910921169860 4.6 mi
7.4 km
45 West Buffalo Peak[3] PB  Colorado Mosquito Range !B9916901751946 13,332 ft
4064 m
!B9935942212801 1,986 ft
605 m
!B9902961836425 10 mi
16 km
46 Mount Herard[3] PB  Colorado Sangre de Cristo Range !B9916906736453 13,325 ft
4062 m
!B9935673943683 2,040 ft
622 m
!B9910813497218 4.6 mi
7.5 km
47 Summit Peak NGS PB  Colorado San Juan Mountains !B9916920356204 13,307 ft
4056 m
!B9932651134964 2,760 ft
841 m
!B9889297743297 40 mi
64 km
48 Dolores Peak[3] PB  Colorado San Miguel Mountains PB !B9916928880446 13,296 ft
4053 m
!B9936125148036 1,950 ft
594 m
!B9910103062991 5.0 mi
8.0 km
49 Antora Peak[3] PB  Colorado Sawatch Range !B9916944482633 13,275 ft
4046 m
!B9934011327249 2,409 ft
734 m
!B9907071584065 7 mi
11 km
50 Henry Mountain[3] PB  Colorado Sawatch Range !B9916954959481 13,261 ft
4042 m
!B9937651285960 1,674 ft
510 m
!B9901717749319 12 mi
19 km
51 Lavender Peak[3] PB  Colorado La Plata Mountains !B9916966938340 13,245 ft
4037 m
!B9932295225513 2,860 ft
872 m
!B9894056178019 25 mi
40 km
52 Jacque Peak[3] PB  Colorado Gore Range !B9916992851220 13,211 ft
4027 m
!B9935552139497 2,065 ft
629 m
!B9911071138588 4.5 mi
7.3 km
53 Bennett Peak[3] PB  Colorado San Juan Mountains !B9916994572359 13,209 ft
4026 m
!B9937247371625 1,743 ft
531 m
!B9897773317079 17 mi
28 km
54 Conejos Peak NGS PB  Colorado San Juan Mountains !B9917017093656 13,179 ft
4017 m
!B9936321936751 1,912 ft
583 m
!B9905181069375 8 mi
13 km
55 Wheeler Peak[4] NGS  New Mexico Taos Mountains !B9917026308754 13,167 ft
4013 m
!B9930539253755 3,409 ft
1039 m
!B9889959021561 37 mi
60 km
56 Twilight Peak[3]  Colorado West Needle Mountains PB !B9917029309229 13,163 ft
4012 m
!B9934310488744 2,338 ft
713 m
!B9910304581145 4.9 mi
7.9 km
57 South River Peak[3] PB  Colorado San Juan Mountains !B9917036056109 13,154 ft
4009 m
!B9933850733476 2,448 ft
746 m
!B9895272292541 22 mi
35 km

Most prominent summits

The following sortable table lists the three ultra prominent mountain peaks (summits with at least 1,500 meters (4,921 ft) of topographic prominence) of the Southern Rocky Mountains.

The three ultra-prominent mountain peaks of the Southern Rocky Mountains

Rank Mountain Peak State Mountain Range Elevation Prominence Isolation
1 Mount Elbert[2] NGS  Colorado Sawatch Range 4401.200=4401 m
14,440 feet
2771.546=2772 m
9,093 feet
01079.22=1079.2 km
670.6 miles
2 Pikes Peak NGS  Colorado Pikes Peak Massif 4302.310=4302 m
14,115 feet
1685.544=1686 m
5,530 feet
00097.82=97.8 km
60.8 miles
3 Blanca Peak[3]  Colorado Sierra Blanca Massif 4374.111=4374 m
14,351 feet
1623.365=1623 m
5,326 feet
00166.43=166.4 km
103.4 miles
Blanca Peak on the Sierra Blanca Massif in south-central Colorado

Most isolated summits

The following sortable table lists the 15 most topographically isolated peaks of the Southern Rocky Mountains with a topographic isolation of at least 50 kilometers (31.1 mi) and a topographic prominence of at least 500 meters (1,640 ft). Topographic isolation is the minimum great circle distance to a point of higher elevation.

The 15 mountain peaks of the Southern Rocky Mountains with at least 50 kilometers of
topographic isolation and 500 meters of topographic prominence


Rank Mountain Peak State Mountain Range Elevation Prominence Isolation
1 Mount Elbert[2] NGS  Colorado Sawatch Range 4401.200=4401 m
14,440 feet
2771.546=2772 m
9,093 feet
01079.22=1079.2 km
670.6 miles
2 Blanca Peak[3]  Colorado Sierra Blanca Massif 4374.111=4374 m
14,351 feet
1623.365=1623 m
5,326 feet
00166.43=166.4 km
103.4 miles
3 Uncompahgre Peak NGS  Colorado San Juan Mountains 4365.000=4365 m
14,321 feet
1303.630=1304 m
4,277 feet
00136.89=136.9 km
85.1 miles
4 Mount Peale NGS  Utah La Sal Mountains 3879.000=3879 m
12,726 feet
1883.969=1883 m
6,181 feet
00117.77=117.8 km
73.2 miles
5 Pikes Peak NGS  Colorado Pikes Peak Massif 4302.310=4302 m
14,115 feet
1685.544=1686 m
5,530 feet
00097.82=97.8 km
60.8 miles
6 Longs Peak NGS  Colorado Front Range 4346.000=4346 m
14,259 feet
0896.112=896 m
2,940 feet
00070.19=70.2 km
43.6 miles
7 Flat Top Mountain NGS PB  Colorado Flat Tops PB 3767.700=3768 m
12,361 feet
1235.659=1236 m
4,054 feet
00068.91=68.9 km
42.8 miles
8 Truchas Peak NGS  New Mexico Santa Fe Mountains PB 3995.048=3995 m
13,107 feet
1219.505=1220 m
4,001 feet
00068.17=68.2 km
42.4 miles
9 Mount Zirkel[3] PB  Colorado Park Range 3714.096=3714 m
12,185 feet
1057.656=1058 m
3,470 feet
00066.77=66.8 km
41.5 miles
10 Medicine Bow Peak NGS  Wyoming Snowy Range PB 3662.400=3662 m
12,016 feet
0988.466=988 m
3,243 feet
00065.53=65.5 km
40.7 miles
11 Summit Peak NGS PB  Colorado San Juan Mountains 4056.048=4056 m
13,307 feet
0841.248=841 m
2,760 feet
00064.23=64.2 km
39.9 miles
12 Wheeler Peak[4] NGS  New Mexico Taos Mountains 4013.300=4013 m
13,167 feet
1039.063=1039 m
3,409 feet
00060.12=60.1 km
37.4 miles
13 Culebra Peak[3]  Colorado Culebra Range 4283.266=4283 m
14,053 feet
1471.270=1471 m
4,827 feet
00057.07=57.1 km
35.5 miles
14 Mount Wilson[3]  Colorado San Miguel Mountains PB 4344.080=4344 m
14,252 feet
1226.515=1227 m
4,024 feet
00053.21=53.2 km
33.1 miles
15 Fishers Peak NGS PB  Colorado Raton Mesa PB 2936.200=2936 m
9,633 feet
0562.966=563 m
1,847 feet
00052.16=52.2 km
32.4 miles

Mountain passes

View from Red Mountain Pass, Colorado

The following sortable table lists the mountain passes of the Southern Rocky Mountains which are crossed by a paved highway.

Paved mountain passes of the Southern Rocky Mountains

Rank Mountain Pass State Elevation Route
1 Mount Evans Scenic Byway[6][7]  Colorado 14,160 feet
4316 m
005Colorado 5.svg
2 Trail Ridge Road[7][8]  Colorado 12,183 feet
3713 m
034US 34.svg
3 Independence Pass[7][9]  Colorado 12,095 feet
3687 m
082Colorado 82.svg
4 Loveland Pass[9]  Colorado 11,992 feet
3655 m
006US 6.svg
5 Hoosier Pass[9]  Colorado 11,541 feet
3518 m
009Colorado 9.svg
6 Slumgullion Pass  Colorado 11,361 feet
3463 m
149Colorado 149.svg
7 Fremont Pass[9]  Colorado 11,318 feet
3450 m
091Colorado 91.svg
8 Berthoud Pass[9]  Colorado 11,315 feet
3449 m
040US 40.svg
9 Monarch Pass[9]  Colorado 11,312 feet
3448 m
050US 50.svg
10 Eisenhower Tunnel[10]  Colorado 11,158 feet
3401 m
070I-70.svg
11 Warrior Mountain Summit[11]  Colorado 11,140 feet
3395 m
103Colorado 103.svg
12 Red Mountain Pass  Colorado 11,018 feet
3358 m
550US 550.svg
13 Molas Divide  Colorado 10,910 feet
3325 m
550US 550.svg
14 Spring Creek Pass[9]  Colorado 10,901 feet
3323 m
149Colorado 149.svg
15 Wolf Creek Pass[9]  Colorado 10,850 feet
3307 m
160US 160.svg
16 Snowy Range Pass[7]  Wyoming 10,847 feet
3306 m
130WY-130.svg
17 Grand Mesa Summit  Colorado 10,839 feet
3304 m
065Colorado 65.svg
18 Milner Pass[8][9]  Colorado 10,758 feet
3279 m
034US 34.svg
19 Vail Pass  Colorado 10,666 feet
3251 m
070I-70.svg
20 Coal Bank Pass  Colorado 10,640 feet
3243 m
550US 550.svg
21 Tennessee Pass[9]  Colorado 10,424 feet
3177 m
024US 24.svg
22 Cameron Pass  Colorado 10,276 feet
3132 m
014Colorado 14.svg
23 La Manga Pass  Colorado 10,230 feet
3118 m
017Colorado 17.svg
24 Lizard Head Pass  Colorado 10,222 feet
3116 m
145Colorado 145.svg
25 North Pass[9]  Colorado 10,149 feet
3093 m
114Colorado 114.svg
26 Cumbres Pass  Colorado 10,022 feet
3055 m
017Colorado 17.svg
27 Kenosha Pass  Colorado 10,001 feet
3048 m
285US 285.svg
28 Red Hill Pass  Colorado 09,993 feet
3046 m
285US 285.svg
29 Cucharas Pass  Colorado 09,941 feet
3030 m
012Colorado 12.svg
30 Battle Pass[7][9]  Wyoming 09,915 feet
3022 m
070WY-70.svg
31 Bobcat Pass  New Mexico 09,833 feet
2997 m
038NM-38
32 Squaw Pass[12]  Colorado 09,807 feet
2989 m
103Colorado 103.svg
33 Willow Creek Pass[9]  Colorado 09,621 feet
2932 m
125Colorado 125.svg
34 Gore Pass  Colorado 09,527 feet
2904 m
134Colorado 134.svg
35 Wilkerson Pass  Colorado 09,507 feet
2898 m
024US 24.svg
36 Currant Creek Pass  Colorado 09,482 feet
2890 m
009Colorado 9.svg
37 Rabbit Ears Pass[9]  Colorado 09,426 feet
2873 m
040US 40.svg
38 North La Veta Pass  Colorado 09,413 feet
2869 m
160US 160.svg
39 Trout Creek Pass  Colorado 09,346 feet
2849 m
024.285US 24.svgUS 285.svg
40 Battle Mountain Summit  Colorado 09,267 feet
2825 m
024US 24.svg
41 Ute Pass  Colorado 09,165 feet
2793 m
024US 24.svg
42 Wind River Pass  Colorado 09,148 feet
2788 m
007Colorado 7.svg
43 Black Mesa Summit  Colorado 09,121 feet
2780 m
092Colorado 92.svg
44 Palo Flechado Pass  New Mexico 09,109 feet
2776 m
064US 64.svg
45 Poncha Pass  Colorado 09,010 feet
2746 m
285US 285.svg
46 Dallas Divide  Colorado 08,970 feet
2734 m
062Colorado 62.svg
47 Muddy Pass[9]  Colorado 08,772 feet
2674 m
040US 40.svg
48 McClure Pass  Colorado 08,755 feet
2669 m
133Colorado 133.svg
49 Blue Mesa Summit  Colorado 08,704 feet
2653 m
050US 50.svg
50 Wondervu Hill  Colorado 08,660 feet
2640 m
072Colorado 72.svg
51 Happy Jack Summit[13]  Wyoming 08,640 feet
2633 m
080I-80.svg
52 U.S. Hill  New Mexico 08,562 feet
2610 m
518NM-518
53 Douglas Pass  Colorado 08,268 feet
2520 m
139Colorado 139.svg
54 Cerro Summit  Colorado 07,950 feet
2423 m
050US 50.svg
55 Raton Pass[14]  New Mexico 07,834 feet
2388 m
025I-25.svg
56 Yellowjacket Pass  Colorado 07,783 feet
2372 m
160US 160.svg
57 Glorieta Pass  New Mexico 07,557 feet
2303 m
025I-25.svg
58 South Pass[15]  Wyoming 07,550 feet
2301 m
028WY-28.svg
59 Monument Hill  Colorado 07,343 feet
2238 m
025I-25.svg
60 Morton Pass  Wyoming 07,173 feet
2186 m
034.1WY-34.svg
61 Unaweep Divide  Colorado 07,048 feet
2148 m
141Colorado 141.svg
62 Separation Summit  Wyoming 07,005 feet
2135 m
080I-80.svg
63 Robinson Summit[9]  Wyoming 06,927 feet
2111 m
080I-80.svg

Southern Rockies Gallery

See also

A satellite photograph of the Southern Rocky Mountains.

References

  1. ^ Sawatch is play /səˈwæ/. This name comes from a Ute language word meaning "blue earth" or "water at blue earth". The Spanish language version of this name is usually spelled Saguache, while the English language version is usually spelled Sawatch.
  2. ^ a b c d The summit of Mount Elbert is the highest point of the Rocky Mountains and the State of Colorado.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf The elevation of this summit has been converted from the National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD 29) to the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88). National Geodetic Survey
  4. ^ a b c The summit of Wheeler Peak is the highest point of the State of New Mexico.
  5. ^ a b The summit of Grays Peak is the highest point on the Continental Divide of North America.
  6. ^ The state highway up Mount Evans ends about a quarter mile (400 m) from the summit. The Mount Evans Scenic Byway is the highest paved highway in North America.
  7. ^ a b c d e This highway is closed during the winter.
  8. ^ a b Trail Ridge Road (U.S. Highway Route 34) crosses the Continental Divide at Milner Pass but reaches its highest point several miles northeast of the pass. Trail Ridge Road is the highest paved through highway in North America.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p This pass crosses the Continental Divide.
  10. ^ The highest elevation in the Eisenhower Tunnel is a short distance inside the West Portal. The tunnel passes under the Continental Divide a few miles west of Loveland Pass. The Eisenhower Tunnel is the highest elevation on the Interstate Highway System of the United States.
  11. ^ The high point near Warrior Mountain is the highest point on Colorado State Highway 103.
  12. ^ Colorado State Highway 103 passes by, but not through, Squaw Pass.
  13. ^ Happy Jack Summit is the highest point on I-80.
  14. ^ Raton Pass was the highest point on the historic Santa Fe Trail, and now is the highest point on I-25.
  15. ^ South Pass was the highest point on the historic Oregon Trail, the Mormon Trail, and the California Trail.

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