You are here

Longs Peak

  • The Diamond Wall

    Share to
    Beginning in the 1960's, a new generation of technical climbers with improved equipment and ropes began to demand access to the sheer Diamond Wall on the East Face of Longs Peak.
    The Diamond Wall
  • 16 Climbers on the Diamond Wall
  • The Keyhole Route

    Share to
    The Keyhole Route to the summit of Longs Peak has remained popular among non-technical climbers, with roads and amenities being built between 1915 and the 1960s to facilitate access to the trailhead.
    The Keyhole Route
  • Mount Meeker and Longs Peak

    Share to
    Historically, Longs Peak played a large role in the seasonal migrations, hunting practices, and cosmology of the Ute and Arapaho, who knew Mount Meeker (left) and Longs Peak (right) as the "Two Guides" for their prominent roles as landmarks in the region.
    Mount Meeker and Longs Peak
  • Longs Peak Sunrise

    Share to
    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
Share to



Jeff Achey, Dudley Chelton, and Bob Godfrey, Climb! The History of Rock Climbing in Colorado (Seattle, WA: Mountaineers Books, 2002).

Isabella L. Bird, A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1969).

C. W. Buchholtz, Rocky Mountain National Park: A History (Boulder: Colorado Associated University Press, 1983).

Ethan Carr, Mission 66: Modernism and the National Park Dilemma (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2007).

Walter Fricke Jr., A Climber’s Guide to the Rocky Mountain National Park Area (Boulder, CO: Johnson, 1971).

John D. Gorby, The Stettner Way: The Life and Climbs of Joe and Paul Stettner (Golden: Colorado Mountain Club Press, 2003).

Robert Kamps, “Bolt Ethics,” Summit, 1966.

Hugh E. Kingery and Elinor Eppich Kingery, The Colorado Mountain Club: The First Seventy-Five Years of a Highly Individual Corporation, 1912–1987 (Evergreen, CO: Cordillera, 1988).

Enos Abijah Mills, The Adventures of a Nature Guide (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page, 1920).

Jack C. Moomaw, Recollections of a Rocky Mountain Ranger (Estes Park, CO: YMCA of the Rockies, 2001).

National Parks Conservation Association Center for State of the Parks (Program), State of the Parks, a Resource Assessment: Rocky Mountain National Park (Fort Collins, CO: National Park Conservation Association, 2002).

Paul Nesbit, Longs Peak: Its Story and a Climbing Guide, 11th ed., rev. and updated by Stan Adamson (Broomfield, CO: Grey Wolf Books, 2005).

James H. Pickering, “Tragedy on Longs Peak: Walter Kiener's Own Story,” Colorado Heritage 1 (1990).

Chip Salaun, “The Diamond: A Different Perspective,” Climbing (May-June 1978).

Richard W. Sellars, Preserving Nature in the National Parks: A History (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1997, 2009).

Roger W. Toll and Robert Sterling Yard, Mountaineering in the Rocky Mountain National Park (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1919).

James Morton Turner, “From Woodcraft to ‘Leave No Trace’: Wilderness, Consumerism, and Environmentalism in Twentieth Century America,” Journal of Environmental History (July 2002).

Additional Information: