Culebra Peak

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Culebra Peak
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Culebra Peak viewed from south of San Luis.
Highest point
Elevation 14,053 ft (4283 m) [1]
NAVD88
Prominence 4827 ft (1471 m) [1]
Isolation 35.4 mi (56.9 km) [1]
Listing
Coordinates 37°07′20″N105°11′08″W / 37.1222416°N 105.1855625°W / 37.1222416; -105.1855625 Coordinates: 37°07′20″N105°11′08″W / 37.1222416°N 105.1855625°W / 37.1222416; -105.1855625 [2]
Geography
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Culebra Peak
Location Costilla County, Colorado, U.S. [2]
Parent range Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Highest summit of the
Culebra Range [1]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Culebra Peak, Colorado [2]
Climbing
Easiest route Hike

Culebra Peak is the highest summit of the Culebra Range of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the Rocky Mountains of North America. The prominent 14,053-foot (4,283 m) fourteener is located on private land, 14.2 miles (22.8 km) east-southeast (bearing 113°) of the Town of San Luis in Costilla County, Colorado, United States. [1] [2] Culebra Peak is the southernmost fourteener in the Rocky Mountains.

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Mountain

Culebra Peak is one of the only fourteeners on private land. Access is limited, and a fee ($150 per person as of Summer 2020) is charged to climb the peak. Ownership of and access to the land, both for recreational and other activities, have been controversial issues for many years, involving multiple lawsuits and even occasional violence. [3] In 2017 the ranch the peak is on was put on the market for 105 million dollars, and sold later that year at an undisclosed amount. [4]

While Culebra is one of the lower fourteeners, it is the fourth-most topographically prominent peak in the state, due to its separation from the other fourteeners by the relatively low La Veta Pass.

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Blanca Peak

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La Plata Peak

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Uncompahgre Peak

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Crestone Peak

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Mount Lincoln (Colorado)

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Mount Wilson (Colorado)

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Handies Peak

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San Luis Peak

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Little Bear Peak

Little Bear Peak is a high mountain summit in the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 14,043-foot (4,280 m) fourteener is located on the Sierra Blanca Massif, 8.8 miles (14.2 km) north by east of the Town of Blanca, Colorado, United States, on the drainage divide separating Rio Grande National Forest and Alamosa County from the Sangre de Cristo Land Grant and Costilla County. Little Bear lies 0.96 miles (1.54 km) southwest of Blanca Peak, the ultra prominent fourteener that is the highest point of the massif.

West Spanish Peak

West Spanish Peak is a high and prominent mountain summit that is the higher of the two Spanish Peaks in the Rocky Mountains of North America. The prominent 13,631-foot (4,155 m) peak is located in the Spanish Peaks Wilderness of San Isabel National Forest, 9.1 miles (14.7 km) south of the Town of La Veta, Colorado, United States, on the drainage divide between Huerfano and Las Animas counties. The summit of West Spanish Peak is the highest point in Las Animas County, Colorado.

East Spanish Peak

East Spanish Peak is a prominent mountain summit that is the lower of the two Spanish Peaks in the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 12,688-foot (3,867 m) peak is located in the Spanish Peaks Wilderness of San Isabel National Forest, 9.3 miles (14.9 km) southeast by south of the Town of La Veta, Colorado, United States, on the drainage divide between Huerfano and Las Animas counties. The Spanish Peaks are two large igneous stocks which form an eastern outlier of the Culebra Range, a subrange of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. East Spanish Peak is higher than any point in the United States east of its longitude; it is also the easternmost point in the United States over 12,000 feet (3,700 m), 11,000 feet (3,400 m), and 10,000 feet (3,000 m) feet above sea level.

Hallett Peak

Hallett Peak is a mountain summit in the northern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 12,720-foot (3,877 m) peak is located in the Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness, 10.1 miles (16.2 km) southwest by west of the Town of Estes Park, Colorado, United States, on the Continental Divide between Grand and Larimer counties.

Peak 13,762 (Silver King Peak)

The unnamed summit variously known as Peak 13762 or Silver King Peak lies within the Sawatch Range of the Colorado Rockies. Its remoteness and the fact that it is surrounded by several 14,000 foot peaks means that it is rarely climbed.

Fishers Peak

Fishers Peak is a spur/projection/spire of the Ratón Mesa, the tallest of the collective mesas of the Ratón range that commence at the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, a subset of the Rocky Mountains, from the west, 90 miles eastward to the Oklahoma border. Ratón Mesas include Black Mesa, Johnson Mesa, and Mesa de Maya, to name a few. The prominent 9,633-foot (2,936 m) mesa is located 5.5 miles (8.8 km) south by east of the Town of Trinidad in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. Fishers Peak is higher than any point in the United States east of its longitude.

Arrow Peak

Arrow Peak is a high mountain summit in the Grenadier Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 13,809-foot (4,209 m) thirteener is located in the Weminuche Wilderness of San Juan National Forest, 8.7 miles (14.0 km) south-southeast of the Town of Silverton in San Juan County, Colorado, United States.

Red Mountain (Costilla County, Colorado)

Red Mountain, elevation 13,914 ft (4,241 m), is a summit in the Culebra Range of south central Colorado. The peak is on private land 15 mi (24 km) southeast of San Luis.

References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Culebra Peak, Colorado". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Culebra Peak". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  3. "Culebra Peak". SummitPost.org. Retrieved 2011-02-22.
  4. "Cielo Vista Ranch — and its fourteener — in San Luis Valley sells after listing for $105 million". DenverPost.com. August 14, 2017. Retrieved March 16, 2019.