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  • Mount Elbert

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    At 14,400 feet, Mount Elbert is the second-highest point in the contiguous United States and king of Colorado's "Fourteeners" - mountain peaks 14,000 feet or higher.
    Mount Elbert
  • Crestone Needle and Crestone Peak

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    Crestone Needle (14,197 feet) and Crestone Peak (14,294 feet) seen from Humboldt Peak (14,064 feet). These neighboring Fourteeners are three of ten peaks above 14,000 feet in the Sangre de Cristo range.
    Crestone Needle and Crestone Peak
  • Pikes Peak

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    At 14,115 feet, Pikes Peak acted as a beacon for many overland migrants, who used the distant landmark for navigation just as French trappers and native peoples had in the past. "Pikes Peak or Bust!" became a popular saying for those who migrated west seeking fortune or adventure in the nineteenth century.
    Pikes Peak
  • Longs Peak Sunrise

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    At 14,259 feet, Longs Peak is the tallest mountain and only fourteener in Rocky Mountain National Park. The peak is named for Major Stephen Long, who is said to be the first to spot the great mountains on behalf of the U.S. Government on June 30, 1820.
    Longs Peak Sunrise
  • Mt. Sneffels at Sunset

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    At 14,157 feet, Mt. Sneffels is the highest peak in the Sneffels Range and the highest point in Ouray County. It is named after the Icelandic volcano Snæfell, which was featured in Jules Verne's novel A Journey to the Center of the Earth.
    Mt. Sneffels at Sunset



Isabella L. Bird, A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains (London: John Murray, 1881)

Kevin S. Blake, “Colorado Fourteeners and the Nature of Place Identity,” Geographical Review 92 (April 1, 2002).

Walter R. Borneman and Lyndon J. Lampert, A Climbing Guide to Colorado’s Fourteeners (Boulder: Pruett, 1994).

C. W. Buchholtz, Rocky Mountain National Park: A History (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 1997).

William M. Bueler, Roof of the Rockies: A History of Colorado Mountaineering (Golden: Colorado Mountain Club Press, 2000).

Colorado Geological Survey, "Official List of Colorado Fourteeners," Colorado Geological Survey.

Jeffry B. Mitton and Scott M. Ferrenberg, “Mountain Pine Beetle Develops an Unprecedented Summer Generation in Response to Climate Warming,” American Naturalist 179 (May 1, 2012).

Gerry Roach, Colorado’s Fourteeners: From Hikes to Climbs (Golden, CO: Fulcrum, 2011).

Additional Information: 

Colorado Fourteeners

The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative

National Park Service, “Rocky Mountain National Park.”

Peak Bagger

William Riebsame, Hannah Gosnell, and David Theobald, eds., Atlas of the New West: Portrait of a Changing Region (New York: W. W. Norton, 1997).