Southern Rocky Mountains

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Southern Rocky Mountains
Sneffelsrange.JPG
Highest point
Peak Mount Elbert
Elevation 14,440 ft (4,400 m)
Coordinates 39°07′04″N106°26′43″W / 39.11778°N 106.44528°W / 39.11778; -106.44528 Coordinates: 39°07′04″N106°26′43″W / 39.11778°N 106.44528°W / 39.11778; -106.44528
Geography
Country United States
StatesColorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming
Parent range Rocky Mountains
Satellite photograph of the Southern Rocky Mountains of the United States. Colorado Rockies from space.jpg
Satellite photograph of the Southern Rocky Mountains of the United States.

The Southern Rocky Mountains are a major subregion of the Rocky Mountains of North America located in the southeastern 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 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 Rockies include the highest mountain ranges of the Rocky Mountains and include all 30 of the highest major peaks of the Rockies.

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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. The southern end of the Rocky Mountains are considered to be the Jemez Mountains and the southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico. Mountains south of here in N.M. are classified as the Arizona/New Mexico Mountains using the EPA Level III Ecoregions System.

This article defines a significant summit as a summit with at least 100 meters (328.1 feet) of topographic prominence, and a major summit as a summit with at least 500 meters (1640.4 feet) of topographic prominence. An ultra-prominent summit is a summit with at least 1500 meters (4921.3 feet) of topographic prominence.

All elevations in this article include an elevation adjustment from the National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD 29) to the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88). For further information, please see this United States National Geodetic Survey note.

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
primarysecondarytertiary states Summit name Elevation Prominence Isolation
Sawatch Range [1] [2] Central Sawatch Range Elbert Massif [3] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado Mount Elbert [4] [5] [lower-alpha 1] [lower-alpha 2] 14,440 ft
4401 m
9,093 ft
2772 m
671 mi
1,079 km
Massive Massif [6] Mount Massive [7] [8] [lower-alpha 3] [lower-alpha 4] 14,428 ft
4398 m
1,961 ft
598 m
5.06 mi
8.15 km
Collegiate Peaks [9] Mount Harvard [10] [11] [lower-alpha 5] [lower-alpha 6] 14,421 ft
4396 m
2,327 ft
709 m
14.92 mi
24 km
Williams Mountains [12] Bill Williams Peak [13] [lower-alpha 7] [lower-alpha 8] 13,389 ft
4081 m
1,682 ft
513 m
3.73 mi
6 km
Southern Sawatch Range [14] Mount Antero [15] [16] [lower-alpha 9] [lower-alpha 10] 14,276 ft
4351 m
2,503 ft
763 m
17.75 mi
28.6 km
Far Southern Sawatch Range [17] Mount Ouray [18] [19] [lower-alpha 11] [lower-alpha 12] 13,961 ft
4255 m
2,659 ft
810 m
13.58 mi
21.9 km
Northern Sawatch Range [20] Mount of the Holy Cross [21] [22] [lower-alpha 13] [lower-alpha 14] [lower-alpha 15] 14,011 ft
4271 m
2,111 ft
643 m
18.52 mi
29.8 km
Sangre de Cristo Mountains [23] Sierra Blanca Massif [24] Blanca Peak [25] [lower-alpha 16] [lower-alpha 17] 14,357 ft
4376 m
5,326 ft
1623 m
103.4 mi
166.4 km
Northern Sangre de Cristo Range [26] Crestones [27] Crestone Peak [28] [lower-alpha 18] [lower-alpha 19] 14,300 ft
4359 m
4,554 ft
1388 m
27.4 mi
44.1 km
Rito Alto Peak [29] [lower-alpha 20] 13,800 ft
4206 m
1,134 ft
346 m
7.28 mi
11.71 km
Culebra Range [30] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado &
Flag of New Mexico.svg  New Mexico
Culebra Peak [31] [lower-alpha 21] [lower-alpha 22] 14,053 ft
4283 m
4,827 ft
1471 m
35.5 mi
57.1 km
Spanish Peaks [32] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado West Spanish Peak [33] [lower-alpha 23] [lower-alpha 24] 13,631 ft
4155 m
3,686 ft
1123 m
20.4 mi
32.9 km
Taos Mountains [34] Flag of New Mexico.svg  New Mexico Wheeler Peak [35] [36] [lower-alpha 25] [lower-alpha 26] 13,167 ft
4013 m
3,409 ft
1039 m
37.4 mi
60.1 km
Santa Fe Mountains [37] Truchas Peak [38] [39] [lower-alpha 27] [lower-alpha 28] 13,108 ft
3995 m
4,001 ft
1220 m
42.4 mi
68.2 km
Cimarron Range, Colorado [40] Baldy Mountain [41] [42] [lower-alpha 29] [lower-alpha 30] 12,445 ft
3793 m
2,701 ft
823 m
11.33 mi
18.24 km
Wet Mountains [43] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado Greenhorn Mountain [44] [45] [lower-alpha 31] [lower-alpha 32] 12,352 ft
3765 m
3,777 ft
1151 m
25.6 mi
41.2 km
Southern Sangre de Cristo Range [46] Flag of New Mexico.svg  New Mexico Cerro Vista [47] [48] [lower-alpha 33] [lower-alpha 34] 11,937 ft
3638 m
2,519 ft
768 m
14.19 mi
22.8 km
San Juan Mountains [49] North Central San Juan Mountains [50] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado Uncompahgre Peak [51] [52] [lower-alpha 35] [lower-alpha 36] 14,321 ft
4365 m
4,277 ft
1304 m
85.1 mi
136.9 km
San Miguel Mountains [53] Mount Wilson [54] [lower-alpha 37] [lower-alpha 38] 14,252 ft
4344 m
4,024 ft
1227 m
33.1 mi
53.2 km
Sneffels Range [55] Mount Sneffels [56] [57] [lower-alpha 39] [lower-alpha 40] 14,158 ft
4315 m
3,050 ft
930 m
15.73 mi
25.3 km
Needle Mountains [58] Mount Eolus [59] [lower-alpha 41] [lower-alpha 42] 14,089 ft
4294 m
2,183 ft
665 m
15.63 mi
25.2 km
Grenadier Range [60] Vestal Peak [61] [lower-alpha 43] [lower-alpha 44] 13,870 ft
4228 m
1,124 ft
343 m
4.29 mi
6.91 km
West Needle Mountains [62] Twilight Peak [63] [lower-alpha 45] [lower-alpha 46] 13,163 ft
4012 m
2,338 ft
713 m
4.88 mi
7.86 km
La Garita Mountains [64] San Luis Peak [65] [66] [lower-alpha 47] [lower-alpha 48] 14,022 ft
4274 m
3,113 ft
949 m
27 mi
43.4 km
Cochetopa Hills Long Branch Baldy [67] 3652 m
11,982 ft
449 m
1,474 ft
22.4 km
13.89 mi
East Central San Juan Mountains [68] Half Peak [69] [lower-alpha 49] 13,848 ft
4221 m
1,501 ft
458 m
3.89 mi
6.26 km
Southern San Juan Mountains [70] Summit Peak [71] [72] [lower-alpha 50] [lower-alpha 51] 13,308 ft
4056 m
2,760 ft
841 m
39.9 mi
64.2 km
La Plata Mountains [73] Hesperus Mountain [74] [lower-alpha 52] [lower-alpha 53] 13,237 ft
4035 m
2,852 ft
869 m
24.8 mi
39.9 km
Tusas Mountains [75] Flag of New Mexico.svg  New Mexico Grouse Mesa [76] [lower-alpha 54] [lower-alpha 55] 11,410 ft
3478 m
1,385 ft
422 m
18.91 mi
30.4 km
Mosquito Range [77] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado Mount Lincoln [78] [79] [lower-alpha 56] [lower-alpha 57] 14,293 ft
4357 m
3,862 ft
1177 m
22.6 mi
36.3 km
Tenmile Range [80] Quandary Peak [81] [82] [lower-alpha 58] [lower-alpha 59] 14,271 ft
4350 m
1,125 ft
343 m
3.16 mi
5.09 km
Front Range [83] Central Front Range [84] Grays Peak [85] [86] [lower-alpha 60] [lower-alpha 61] 14,278 ft
4352 m
2,770 ft
844 m
25 mi
40.3 km
Mount Evans Massif Mount Evans [87] [88] [lower-alpha 62] [lower-alpha 63] 14,265 ft
4348 m
2,769 ft
844 m
9.79 mi
15.76 km
Northern Front Range [89] Longs Peak Massif [90] Longs Peak [91] [92] [lower-alpha 64] [lower-alpha 65] 14,259 ft
4346 m
2,940 ft
896 m
43.6 mi
70.2 km
Mummy Range [93] Hagues Peak [94] [95] [lower-alpha 66] [lower-alpha 67] 13,573 ft
4137 m
2,420 ft
738 m
15.92 mi
25.6 km
Indian Peaks [96] North Arapaho Peak [97] [98] [lower-alpha 68] [lower-alpha 69] 13,508 ft
4117 m
1,665 ft
507 m
15.4 mi
24.8 km
Never Summer Mountains [99] Mount Richthofen [100] [lower-alpha 70] [lower-alpha 71] 12,945 ft
3946 m
2,680 ft
817 m
9.66 mi
15.54 km
Southern Front Range Pikes Peak Massif Pikes Peak [101] [102] [lower-alpha 72] [lower-alpha 73] 14,115 ft
4302 m
5,530 ft
1686 m
60.8 mi
97.8 km
South Park Hills [103] Waugh Mountain [104] [lower-alpha 74] [lower-alpha 75] 11,716 ft
3571 m
2,330 ft
710 m
20 mi
32.2 km
Rampart Range [105] Devils Head [106] [107] [lower-alpha 76] [lower-alpha 77] 9,749 ft
2972 m
1,248 ft
380 m
7.99 mi
12.86 km
South Williams Fork Mountains [108] Ptarmigan Peak [109] [lower-alpha 78] [lower-alpha 79] 12,504 ft
3811 m
721 ft
220 m
4.3 mi
6.92 km
Tarryall Mountains [110] Bison Peak [111] [112] [lower-alpha 80] [lower-alpha 81] 12,432 ft
3789 m
2,451 ft
747 m
18.34 mi
29.5 km
Kenosha Mountains [113] Knobby Crest [114] [lower-alpha 82] [lower-alpha 83] 12,434 ft
3790 m
1,759 ft
536 m
8.27 mi
13.31 km
Elk Mountains [115] Castle Peak [116] [117] [lower-alpha 84] [lower-alpha 85] 14,279 ft
4352 m
2,365 ft
721 m
20.9 mi
33.7 km
Ruby Range Mount Owen [118] [119] [lower-alpha 86] [lower-alpha 87] 13,070 ft
3984 m
1,358 ft
414 m
7.39 mi
11.9 km
West Elk Mountains [120] West Elk Peak [121] [122] [lower-alpha 88] [lower-alpha 89] 13,042 ft
3975 m
3,095 ft
943 m
13.78 mi
22.2 km
Gore Range [123] Mount Powell [124] [lower-alpha 90] [lower-alpha 91] 13,586 ft
4141 m
3,000 ft
914 m
21.6 mi
34.8 km
Medicine Bow Mountains [125] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado &
Flag of Wyoming.svg  Wyoming
Clark Peak [126] [127] [lower-alpha 92] [lower-alpha 93] 12,954 ft
3948 m
2,771 ft
845 m
16.68 mi
26.8 km
Snowy Range [128] Flag of Wyoming.svg  Wyoming Medicine Bow Peak [129] [130] [lower-alpha 94] [lower-alpha 95] 12,016 ft
3662 m
3,243 ft
988 m
40.7 mi
65.5 km
La Sal Mountains [131] Flag of Utah.svg  Utah Mount Peale [132] [133] [lower-alpha 96] [lower-alpha 97] 12,726 ft
3879 m
6,181 ft
1884 m
73.2 mi
117.8 km
Flat Tops (Colorado) [134] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado Flat Top Mountain [135] [136] [lower-alpha 98] [lower-alpha 99] 12,361 ft
3768 m
4,054 ft
1236 m
42.8 mi
68.9 km
Rabbit Ears Range [137] Parkview Mountain [138] [139] [lower-alpha 100] [lower-alpha 101] 12,301 ft
3749 m
2,676 ft
816 m
10.91 mi
17.56 km
Park Range [140] Central Park Range [141] Mount Zirkel [142] [lower-alpha 102] [lower-alpha 103] 12,185 ft
3714 m
3,470 ft
1058 m
38.1 mi
61.3 km
Elkhead Mountains [143] Sand Mountain North [lower-alpha 104] [lower-alpha 105] 10,884 ft
3317 m
2,182 ft
665 m
11.29 mi
18.17 km
White River Plateau [144] Blair Mountain [145] [lower-alpha 106] [lower-alpha 107] 11,465 ft
3495 m
1,736 ft
529 m
17.52 mi
28.2 km
Grand Mesa [146] Crater Peak [147] [148] [lower-alpha 108] [lower-alpha 109] 11,333 ft
3454 m
2,307 ft
703 m
17.99 mi
29 km
Laramie Mountains [149] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado &
Flag of Wyoming.svg  Wyoming
South Bald Mountain [150] [151] [lower-alpha 110] [lower-alpha 111] 11,007 ft
3355 m
1,863 ft
568 m
13.66 mi
22 km
Uncompahgre Plateau [152] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado &
Flag of Utah.svg  Utah
Horsefly Peak [153] [154] [lower-alpha 112] [lower-alpha 113] 10,353 ft
3156 m
1,437 ft
438 m
13.27 mi
21.4 km
Ute Mountain [155] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado Ute Peak [156] [157] [lower-alpha 114] [lower-alpha 115] 9,984 ft
3043 m
4,039 ft
1231 m
39.1 mi
62.9 km
Raton Mesa [158] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado &
Flag of New Mexico.svg  New Mexico
Fishers Peak [159] [160] [lower-alpha 116] [lower-alpha 117] 9,633 ft
2936 m
1,847 ft
563 m
32.4 mi
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 (13,123.4 ft) of topographic elevation and at least 500 meters (1,640.4 ft) of topographic prominence.

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 [4] [5] [lower-alpha 1] [lower-alpha 2] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado Sawatch Range 14,440 ft
4401 m
9,093 ft
2772 m
671 mi
1,079 km
2 Mount Massive [7] [8] [lower-alpha 3] [lower-alpha 4] Sawatch Range14,428 ft
4398 m
1,961 ft
598 m
5.06 mi
8.15 km
3 Mount Harvard [10] [11] [lower-alpha 5] [lower-alpha 6] Collegiate Peaks 14,421 ft
4396 m
2,327 ft
709 m
14.92 mi
24 km
4 Blanca Peak [25] [lower-alpha 16] [lower-alpha 17] Sierra Blanca 14,357 ft
4376 m
5,326 ft
1623 m
103.4 mi
166.4 km
5 La Plata Peak Collegiate Peaks14,343 ft
4372 m
1,841 ft
561 m
6.28 mi
10.1 km
6 Uncompahgre Peak [51] [52] [lower-alpha 35] [lower-alpha 36] San Juan Mountains 14,321 ft
4365 m
4,277 ft
1304 m
85.1 mi
136.9 km
7 Crestone Peak [28] [lower-alpha 18] [lower-alpha 19] Crestones 14,300 ft
4359 m
4,554 ft
1388 m
27.4 mi
44.1 km
8 Mount Lincoln [78] [79] [lower-alpha 56] [lower-alpha 57] Mosquito Range 14,293 ft
4357 m
3,862 ft
1177 m
22.6 mi
36.3 km
9 Castle Peak [116] [117] [lower-alpha 84] [lower-alpha 85] Elk Mountains 14,279 ft
4352 m
2,365 ft
721 m
20.9 mi
33.7 km
10 Grays Peak [85] [86] [lower-alpha 60] [lower-alpha 61] Front Range 14,278 ft
4352 m
2,770 ft
844 m
25 mi
40.3 km
11 Mount Antero [15] [16] [lower-alpha 9] [lower-alpha 10] Sawatch Range14,276 ft
4351 m
2,503 ft
763 m
17.75 mi
28.6 km
12 Mount Evans [87] [88] [lower-alpha 62] [lower-alpha 63] Front Range14,271 ft
4350 m
2,769 ft
844 m
9.79 mi
15.76 km
13 Longs Peak [91] [92] [lower-alpha 64] [lower-alpha 65] Front Range14,259 ft
4346 m
2,940 ft
896 m
43.6 mi
70.2 km
14 Mount Wilson [54] [lower-alpha 37] [lower-alpha 38] San Miguel Mountains PB 14,252 ft
4344 m
4,024 ft
1227 m
33.1 mi
53.2 km
15 Mount Princeton NGS Collegiate Peaks14,204 ft
4329 m
2,177 ft
664 m
5.19 mi
8.36 km
16 Mount Yale NGS Collegiate Peaks14,202 ft
4329 m
1,876 ft
572 m
5.55 mi
8.93 km
17 Maroon Peak NGS Elk Mountains14,163 ft
4317 m
2,336 ft
712 m
8.06 mi
12.97 km
18 Mount Sneffels [56] [57] [lower-alpha 39] [lower-alpha 40] Sneffels Range PB 14,158 ft
4315 m
3,050 ft
930 m
15.73 mi
25.3 km
19 Capitol Peak Elk Mountains14,137 ft
4309 m
1,730 ft
527 m
7.44 mi
11.98 km
20 Pikes Peak [101] [102] [lower-alpha 72] [lower-alpha 73] Pikes Peak Massif 14,115 ft
4302 m
5,530 ft
1686 m
60.8 mi
97.8 km
21 Mount Eolus [59] [lower-alpha 41] [lower-alpha 42] Needle Mountains 14,089 ft
4294 m
2,183 ft
665 m
15.63 mi
25.2 km
22 Handies Peak NGS San Juan Mountains 14,058 ft
4285 m
1,888 ft
575 m
11.18 mi
18 km
23 Culebra Peak [31] [lower-alpha 21] [lower-alpha 22] Culebra Range 14,053 ft
4283 m
4,827 ft
1471 m
35.5 mi
57.1 km
24 San Luis Peak [65] [66] [lower-alpha 47] [lower-alpha 48] La Garita Mountains PB 14,022 ft
4274 m
3,113 ft
949 m
27 mi
43.4 km
25 Mount of the Holy Cross [21] [22] [lower-alpha 13] [lower-alpha 14] [lower-alpha 15] Sawatch Range 14,011 ft
4271 m
2,111 ft
643 m
18.52 mi
29.8 km
26 Grizzly Peak NGS Collegiate Peaks13,995 ft
4266 m
1,908 ft
582 m
6.77 mi
10.89 km
27 Mount Ouray [18] [19] [lower-alpha 11] [lower-alpha 12] Sawatch Range13,961 ft
4255 m
2,659 ft
810 m
13.58 mi
21.9 km
28 Vermilion Peak PB San Juan Mountains13,900 ft
4237 m
2,105 ft
642 m
9.07 mi
14.6 km
29 Mount Silverheels NGS PB Front Range13,829 ft
4215 m
2,283 ft
696 m
5.48 mi
8.82 km
30 Rio Grande Pyramid NGS PB San Juan Mountains13,827 ft
4214 m
1,861 ft
567 m
10.76 mi
17.31 km
31 Bald Mountain PB Front Range13,690 ft
4173 m
2,099 ft
640 m
7.51 mi
12.09 km
32 Mount Oso San Juan Mountains13,690 ft
4173 m
1,664 ft
507 m
5.47 mi
8.81 km
33 Mount Jackson PB Sawatch Range13,676 ft
4169 m
1,810 ft
552 m
3.21 mi
5.16 km
34 Bard Peak PB Front Range13,647 ft
4159 m
1,701 ft
518 m
5.43 mi
8.74 km
35 Peak 10 PB Tenmile Range 13,640 ft
4157 m
1,759 ft
536 m
0.87 mi
1.4 km
36 West Spanish Peak [33] [lower-alpha 23] [lower-alpha 24] Spanish Peaks 13,631 ft
4155 m
3,686 ft
1123 m
20.4 mi
32.9 km
37 Mount Powell [124] [lower-alpha 90] [lower-alpha 91] Gore Range 13,586 ft
4141 m
3,000 ft
914 m
21.6 mi
34.8 km
38 Hagues Peak [94] [95] [lower-alpha 66] [lower-alpha 67] Mummy Range 13,573 ft
4137 m
2,420 ft
738 m
15.92 mi
25.6 km
39 Tower Mountain PB San Juan Mountains13,558 ft
4132 m
1,652 ft
504 m
5.36 mi
8.62 km
40 Treasure Mountain PB Elk Mountains 13,535 ft
4125 m
2,821 ft
860 m
6.92 mi
11.13 km
41 North Arapaho Peak [97] [98] [lower-alpha 68] [lower-alpha 69] Indian Peaks PB 13,508 ft
4117 m
1,665 ft
507 m
15.4 mi
24.8 km
42 Parry Peak Front Range13,397 ft
4083 m
1,731 ft
528 m
9.46 mi
15.22 km
43 Bill Williams Peak [13] [lower-alpha 7] [lower-alpha 8] Williams Mountains PB 13,389 ft
4081 m
1,682 ft
513 m
3.73 mi
6 km
44 Sultan Mountain PB San Juan Mountains13,373 ft
4076 m
1,868 ft
569 m
4.59 mi
7.39 km
45 West Buffalo Peak PB Mosquito Range 13,332 ft
4064 m
1,986 ft
605 m
10.18 mi
16.38 km
46 Mount Herard PB Sangre de Cristo Range 13,325 ft
4062 m
2,040 ft
622 m
4.64 mi
7.47 km
47 Summit Peak [71] [72] [lower-alpha 50] [lower-alpha 51] San Juan Mountains13,308 ft
4056 m
2,760 ft
841 m
39.9 mi
64.2 km
48 Dolores Peak PB San Miguel Mountains PB 13,296 ft
4053 m
1,950 ft
594 m
4.98 mi
8.02 km
49 Antora Peak PB Sawatch Range13,275 ft
4046 m
2,409 ft
734 m
6.75 mi
10.86 km
50 Henry Mountain PB Sawatch Range13,261 ft
4042 m
1,674 ft
510 m
11.53 mi
18.55 km
51 Lavender Peak PB La Plata Mountains 13,245 ft
4037 m
2,860 ft
872 m
24.8 mi
39.9 km
52 Jacque Peak PB Gore Range 13,211 ft
4027 m
2,065 ft
629 m
4.52 mi
7.28 km
53 Bennett Peak PB San Juan Mountains13,209 ft
4026 m
1,743 ft
531 m
17.1 mi
27.5 km
54 Conejos Peak NGS PB San Juan Mountains13,179 ft
4017 m
1,912 ft
583 m
8.15 mi
13.12 km
55 Wheeler Peak [35] [36] [lower-alpha 25] [lower-alpha 26] Flag of New Mexico.svg  New Mexico Taos Mountains 13,167 ft
4013 m
3,409 ft
1039 m
37.4 mi
60.1 km
56 Twilight Peak [63] [lower-alpha 45] [lower-alpha 46] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado West Needle Mountains PB 13,163 ft
4012 m
2,338 ft
713 m
4.88 mi
7.86 km
57 South River Peak PB San Juan Mountains13,154 ft
4009 m
2,448 ft
746 m
22 mi
35.3 km

Most prominent summits

The following sortable table lists the three ultra prominent summits of the Southern Rocky Mountains (with at least 1,500 meters (4,921.3 ft) of topographic prominence.)

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

Rank Mountain Peak State Mountain Range Elevation Prominence Isolation
1 Mount Elbert [4] [5] [lower-alpha 1] [lower-alpha 2] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado Sawatch Range 14,440 ft
4401 m
9,093 ft
2772 m
671 mi
1,079 km
2 Pikes Peak [101] [102] [lower-alpha 72] [lower-alpha 73] Pikes Peak Massif 14,115 ft
4302 m
5,530 ft
1686 m
60.8 mi
97.8 km
3 Blanca Peak [25] [lower-alpha 16] [lower-alpha 17] Sierra Blanca Massif 14,357 ft
4376 m
5,326 ft
1623 m
103.4 mi
166.4 km
Blanca Peak group.jpg
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 (31.07 mi) and a topographic prominence of at least 500 meters (1,640.4 ft).

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 [4] [5] [lower-alpha 1] [lower-alpha 2] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado Sawatch Range 14,440 ft
4401 m
9,093 ft
2772 m
671 mi
1,079 km
2 Blanca Peak [25] [lower-alpha 16] [lower-alpha 17] Sierra Blanca Massif 14,357 ft
4376 m
5,326 ft
1623 m
103.4 mi
166.4 km
3 Uncompahgre Peak [51] [52] [lower-alpha 35] [lower-alpha 36] San Juan Mountains 14,321 ft
4365 m
4,277 ft
1304 m
85.1 mi
136.9 km
4 Mount Peale [132] [133] [lower-alpha 96] [lower-alpha 97] Flag of Utah.svg  Utah La Sal Mountains 12,726 ft
3879 m
6,181 ft
1884 m
73.2 mi
117.8 km
5 Pikes Peak [101] [102] [lower-alpha 72] [lower-alpha 73] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado Pikes Peak Massif 14,115 ft
4302 m
5,530 ft
1686 m
60.8 mi
97.8 km
6 Longs Peak [91] [92] [lower-alpha 64] [lower-alpha 65] Front Range14,259 ft
4346 m
2,940 ft
896 m
43.6 mi
70.2 km
7 Flat Top Mountain [135] [136] [lower-alpha 98] [lower-alpha 99] Flat Tops PB 12,361 ft
3768 m
4,054 ft
1236 m
42.8 mi
68.9 km
8 Truchas Peak [38] [39] [lower-alpha 27] [lower-alpha 28] Flag of New Mexico.svg  New Mexico Santa Fe Mountains PB 13,108 ft
3995 m
4,001 ft
1220 m
42.4 mi
68.2 km
9 Mount Zirkel [142] [lower-alpha 102] [lower-alpha 103] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado Park Range 12,185 ft
3714 m
3,470 ft
1058 m
38.1 mi
61.3 km
10 Medicine Bow Peak [129] [130] [lower-alpha 94] [lower-alpha 95] Flag of Wyoming.svg  Wyoming Snowy Range PB 12,016 ft
3662 m
3,243 ft
988 m
40.7 mi
65.5 km
11 Summit Peak [71] [72] [lower-alpha 50] [lower-alpha 51] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado San Juan Mountains13,308 ft
4056 m
2,760 ft
841 m
39.9 mi
64.2 km
12 Wheeler Peak [35] [36] [lower-alpha 25] [lower-alpha 26] Flag of New Mexico.svg  New Mexico Taos Mountains 13,167 ft
4013 m
3,409 ft
1039 m
37.4 mi
60.1 km
13 Culebra Peak [31] [lower-alpha 21] [lower-alpha 22] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado Culebra Range 14,053 ft
4283 m
4,827 ft
1471 m
35.5 mi
57.1 km
14 Mount Wilson [54] [lower-alpha 37] [lower-alpha 38] San Miguel Mountains PB 14,252 ft
4344 m
4,024 ft
1227 m
33.1 mi
53.2 km
15 Fishers Peak [159] [160] [lower-alpha 116] [lower-alpha 117] Raton Mesa PB 9,633 ft
2936 m
1,847 ft
563 m
32.4 mi
52.2 km

Easternmost summits

The following sortable table lists progressively the easternmost Rocky Mountain summits of their respective elevation.

The easternmost high summits of the Rocky Mountains

Rank Mountain Peak State Mountain Range Elevation Prominence Isolation Location
1 Fishers Peak [159] [160] [lower-alpha 116] [lower-alpha 117] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado Raton Mesa 9,633 ft
2936 m
1,847 ft
563 m
32.4 mi
52.2 km
37.0982°N
104.4628°W
2 East Spanish Peak [161] [162] [lower-alpha 118] [lower-alpha 119] Spanish Peaks 12,688 ft
3867 m
2,383 ft
726 m
4.21 mi
6.78 km
37.3934°N
104.9201°W
3 West Spanish Peak [33] [lower-alpha 23] [lower-alpha 24] 13,631 ft
4155 m
3,686 ft
1123 m
20.4 mi
32.9 km
37.3756°N
104.9934°W
4 Pikes Peak [101] [102] [lower-alpha 72] [lower-alpha 73] Front Range 14,115 ft
4302 m
5,530 ft
1686 m
60.8 mi
97.8 km
38.8405°N
105.0442°W
5 Blanca Peak [25] [lower-alpha 16] [lower-alpha 17] Sangre de Cristo Mountains 14,357 ft
4376 m
5,326 ft
1623 m
103.4 mi
166.4 km
37.5775°N
105.4856°W
6 Mount Harvard [10] [11] [lower-alpha 5] [lower-alpha 6] Sawatch Range 14,421 ft
4396 m
2,327 ft
709 m
14.92 mi
24 km
38.9244°N
106.3207°W
7 Mount Elbert [4] [5] [lower-alpha 1] [lower-alpha 2] 14,440 ft
4401 m
9,093 ft
2772 m
671 mi
1,079 km
39.1178°N
106.4454°W

Mountain passes

View from Independence Pass in Colorado. Independence Pass Summit View.JPG
View from Independence Pass in Colorado.
View from Red Mountain Pass in Colorado. Red Mountain Pass.jpg
View from Red Mountain Pass in Colorado.

The following sortable table lists the paved mountain passes and highway summits of the Southern Rocky Mountains.

Paved mountain passes and highway summits of the
Southern Rocky Mountains


Rank Mountain Pass State Elevation Route
1 Mount Evans Scenic Byway [163] [164] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado 14,160 feet
4316 m
Colorado 5.svg
2 Pikes Peak Highway [165] 14,115 feet
4302 m
2005-05-13 Pikes Peak Highway.jpg
3 Trail Ridge Road [164] [166] 12,183 feet
3713 m
US 34.svg
4 Cottonwood Pass [ disambiguation needed ] [164] [167] [168] 12,119 feet
3694 m
CR 209/
CR 306
5 Independence Pass [164] [167] 12,095 feet
3687 m
Colorado 82.svg
6 Loveland Pass [167] 11,992 feet
3655 m
US 6.svg
7 Hoosier Pass [ disambiguation needed ] [167] 11,541 feet
3518 m
Colorado 9.svg
8 Slumgullion Pass 11,361 feet
3463 m
Colorado 149.svg
9 Fremont Pass [167] 11,318 feet
3450 m
Colorado 91.svg
10 Berthoud Pass [167] 11,315 feet
3449 m
US 40.svg
11 Monarch Pass [167] 11,312 feet
3448 m
US 50.svg
12 Eisenhower Tunnel [169] 11,158 feet
3401 m
I-70.svg
13 Warrior Mountain Summit [170] 11,140 feet
3395 m
Colorado 103.svg
14 Juniper Pass 11,040 feet
3365 m
Colorado 103.svg
15 Red Mountain Pass 11,018 feet
3358 m
US 550.svg
16 Molas Divide 10,910 feet
3325 m
US 550.svg
17 Spring Creek Pass [167] 10,901 feet
3323 m
Colorado 149.svg
18 Wolf Creek Pass [167] 10,850 feet
3307 m
US 160.svg
19 Snowy Range Pass [164] Flag of Wyoming.svg  Wyoming 10,847 feet
3306 m
WY-130.svg
20 Grand Mesa Summit Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado 10,839 feet
3304 m
Colorado 65.svg
21 Milner Pass [166] [167] 10,758 feet
3279 m
US 34.svg
22 Vail Pass 10,666 feet
3251 m
I-70.svg
23 Coal Bank Pass 10,640 feet
3243 m
US 550.svg
24 Tennessee Pass [167] 10,424 feet
3177 m
US 24.svg
25 Cameron Pass 10,276 feet
3132 m
Colorado 14.svg
26 La Manga Pass 10,230 feet
3118 m
Colorado 17.svg
27 Lizard Head Pass 10,222 feet
3116 m
Colorado 145.svg
28 North Pass [167] 10,149 feet
3093 m
Colorado 114.svg
29 Cumbres Pass 10,022 feet
3055 m
Colorado 17.svg
30 Kenosha Pass 10,001 feet
3048 m
US 285.svg
31 Red Hill Pass 9,993 feet
3046 m
US 285.svg
32 Cucharas Pass 9,941 feet
3030 m
Colorado 12.svg
33 Battle Pass [164] [167] Flag of Wyoming.svg  Wyoming 9,915 feet
3022 m
WY-70.svg
34 Bobcat Pass Flag of New Mexico.svg  New Mexico 9,833 feet
2997 m
New Mexico 38.svg
35 Willow Creek Pass [167] Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado 9,621 feet
2932 m
Colorado 125.svg
36 Gore Pass 9,527 feet
2904 m
Colorado 134.svg
37 Wilkerson Pass 9,507 feet
2898 m
US 24.svg
38 Currant Creek Pass 9,482 feet
2890 m
Colorado 9.svg
39 Rabbit Ears Pass [167] 9,426 feet
2873 m
US 40.svg
40 North La Veta Pass 9,413 feet
2869 m
US 160.svg
41 Trout Creek Pass 9,346 feet
2849 m
US 24.svg US 285.svg
42 Battle Mountain Summit 9,267 feet
2825 m
US 24.svg
43 Ute Pass [ disambiguation needed ]9,165 feet
2793 m
US 24.svg
44 Wind River Pass 9,148 feet
2788 m
Colorado 7.svg
45 Black Mesa Summit 9,121 feet
2780 m
Colorado 92.svg
46 Palo Flechado Pass Flag of New Mexico.svg  New Mexico 9,109 feet
2776 m
US 64.svg
47 Hardscrabble Pass Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado 9,085 feet
2769 m
Colorado 96.svg
48 Poncha Pass 9,010 feet
2746 m
US 285.svg
49 Dallas Divide 8,970 feet
2734 m
Colorado 62.svg
50 Muddy Pass [ disambiguation needed ] [167] 8,772 feet
2674 m
US 40.svg
51 McClure Pass 8,755 feet
2669 m
Colorado 133.svg
52 Blue Mesa Summit 8,704 feet
2653 m
US 50.svg
53 Wondervu Hill 8,660 feet
2640 m
Colorado 72.svg
54 Happy Jack Summit [171] Flag of Wyoming.svg  Wyoming 8,640 feet
2633 m
I-80.svg
55 U.S. Hill Flag of New Mexico.svg  New Mexico 8,562 feet
2610 m
New Mexico 518.svg
56 Douglas Pass Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado 8,268 feet
2520 m
Colorado 139.svg
57 Cerro Summit 7,950 feet
2423 m
US 50.svg
58 Raton Pass [172] Flag of New Mexico.svg  New Mexico 7,834 feet
2388 m
I-25.svg
59 Yellowjacket Pass [ disambiguation needed ]Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado 7,783 feet
2372 m
US 160.svg
60 Glorieta Pass Flag of New Mexico.svg  New Mexico 7,557 feet
2303 m
I-25.svg
61 South Pass [173] Flag of Wyoming.svg  Wyoming 7,550 feet
2301 m
WY-28.svg
62 Monument Hill Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado 7,343 feet
2238 m
I-25.svg
63 Morton Pass Flag of Wyoming.svg  Wyoming 7,173 feet
2186 m
WY-34.svg
64 Unaweep Divide Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado 7,048 feet
2148 m
Colorado 141.svg
65 Separation Summit