Ten Colorado Mountain Views That Will Take Your Breath Away

Posted by: admin July 11th, 2018

Colorado Views That Will Take Your Breath Away.pngWith hundreds of towering mountains, including 53 that rise to over 14,000 feet above sea level, Colorado has no shortage of mountain views. With a reputation for adventure and top-notch scenery, Colorado is the perfect destination for travelers of all types. Whether you are searching for an adrenaline-filled tour of the state or a relaxing vacation, Colorado has plenty to offer. Either way, these ten mountains views are must stops that will take your breath away.

San Juan Mountains

Located in the southwestern corner of the state, the San Juans are one of the last remaining hidden gems in Colorado. Thanks to their remote location, far fewer visitors make it to these amazingly scenic and wild mountains. Home to the “Million Dollar Highway” and some of the country’s most difficult mountain passes, the San Juans offer visitors unmatched views, especially in the fall.

Collegiate Peaks

Just over 2 hours to the west of major cities like Denver, Colorado Springs, and Boulder, the Collegiate Peaks offer visitors some of the most stunning views that Colorado has to offer. Multiple 14,000’ tall peaks tower over a beautiful valley that is home to 2 must stop towns. CKS Main Street, a local gear shop, offers paddleboard and kayak rentals, which are perfect ways to get a different view of different parts of the range.

Grand Mesa

Though not as tall as the other ranges mentioned on this list, the Grand Mesa is no less spectacular. As the world’s largest flat top mountain, the Grand Mesa offers plenty of scenic viewpoints. The Mesa’s summit reaches over 11,000 feet above sea level and towers over 6,000 feet above the surrounding valley floor. Visitors are treated to views of the city of Grand Junction, the Colorado River, the Colorado National Monument and much, much more.

Pikes Peak Massif

Towering of the bustling metropolis of Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak and its surrounding range dominate the city skyline. As one of the most well-known peaks in the state, anyone visiting Colorado should make a point to check this behemoth out. For the adventurous, a long, strenuous hike with over 7,000 feet of elevation gain is an option. For the rest of us, the summit is accessible by car.

Chicago Peaks

The Chicago Peaks, one of the closest ranges to the city of Denver, are home to the largest mountain in Colorado’s Front Range, Mount Evans. Rising to 14,271 feet above sea level, Mount Evans offers amazing views of the surrounding peaks. The peak is large enough to be seen from over 100 miles away and has historically competed with Pikes Peak for tourists. Like Pikes Peak, the summit of Mount Evans is accessible by car during the summer.

Elbert and Massive Massifs

As the home of the two largest mountains in the state (Mount Elbert and Mount Massive), a visit to these ranges will provide world-class views. From a distance, Mount Massive appears to be larger, hence it’s telling name, but after an official measurement, it was determined that Mount Elbert was slightly larger. Elbert now ranks as the tallest mountain in Colorado.

Flat Tops

Located in rural northern Colorado, the Flat Tops are home to some of the state’s most remote wilderness. Home to moose, bear and other large animals, the Flat Tops are an ideal destination for the seasoned hiker. If you are the type looking for solitude and adventure, the Flat Tops are a must visit. Be sure to check out Trapper’s Lake, one of the prettiest mountain vistas around.  

La Plata Mountains

Easily visible from US Highway 160 between Durango and Cortez, the La Plata mountains are a sub-range of the San Juans. The peaks stand alone, just to the southwest of the rest of the San Juans, which allows for amazing views of the surrounding desert. From the top of the La Platas, one can see into 4 states!

Crestone Range

Home of one of the states most difficult mountain climbing routes, the Crestone Range is a formidable set of mountains located in south-central Colorado. With each of its four peaks rising to over 14,000 feet above sea level, the range offers rugged and dramatic scenery. Crestone Needle, the range’s namesake peak, is an incredibly difficult climb that should only be attempted by very experienced climbers.

Indian Peaks

Home of the 77,000 plus acre Indian Peaks Wilderness, the Indian Peaks Range offers visitors great scenery and the opportunity to experience quiet and solitude. With a large network of trails, the region is best explored by foot. With mountains reaching as high as 13,500 feet above sea level, the views here are sure to please.