Sneffels Range

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Sneffels Range
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Sneffels Range
Highest point
Peak Mount Sneffels
Elevation 14,158 ft (4,315 m)
Coordinates 38°00′12″N107°47′32″W / 38.00333°N 107.79228°W / 38.00333; -107.79228 Coordinates: 38°00′12″N107°47′32″W / 38.00333°N 107.79228°W / 38.00333; -107.79228
Geography
CountryUnited States
StateColorado
Parent range San Juan Mountains, Rocky Mountains

The Sneffels Range, regionally conterminous with San Juans , is a young, prominent, and rugged range of mountains in southwestern Colorado of the San Juan Mountains. The Sneffels range form the southern border of Ouray County and run west to east.

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Prominence

The Sneffels Range can be viewed from as far as the La Sal Mountains in eastern Utah and is very prominent from most vantage points of the Uncompahgre Valley. The most prominent peak of the Sneffels Range is Mount Sneffels reaching 14,158 feet (4,315 m). [1]

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Panorama of the Sneffels sub range of the San Juan Mountains, photographed from Dallas Divide pass.

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References

  1. "Mount Sneffels". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey . Retrieved 2011-02-23.