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  Sawatch Range - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography
The Sawatch Range (sometimes Saguache Range) is a mountain range in central Colorado containing several of the Rocky Mountains' highest peaks, including Mount Elbert, at 14,440 ft (4,401 m) the highest peak in the Rockies.
The range is oriented along a northwest-southeast axis, extending approximately 70 miles (110 km) from 39° 37′ 36″ N 106° 32′ 13″ W (http://kvaleberg.com/extensions/mapsources/index.php?params=39_37_36_N_106_32_13_W_) in the north to 38° 33′ 19″ N 106° 17′ 32″ W (http://kvaleberg.com/extensions/mapsources/index.php?params=38_33_19_N_106_17_32_W_) in the south.
The range contains 15 peaks topping 14,000 ft. The range forms a portion of the Continental Divide, and its eastern flanks are drained by the headwaters of the Arkansas River and Eagle River.
www.arikah.com /encyclopedia/Sawatch_Range   (347 words)

 Elk Mountains
The Elks are the westernmost range in the Rockies proper.
In this view, the low-angle EMT continues down to the east below the Elk Range to merge with (root into) the higher-angle CCFZ somewhere beneath the Sawatch uplift, presumably near the brittle-ductile transition at the base of the upper crust.
Sawatch Range from the Elks: To the east and south, distant ridges of the Sawatch Range from the Cathedral Lake Trail.
www.cliffshade.com /colorado/elk   (3390 words)

 Sawatch Range   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The Sawatch Range (sometimes Saguache Range) is a mountain range in central Colorado containing several of the Rocky Mountains ' highest peaks, including Mount Elbert, at 14,440 ft (4,401 m) the highest peak in the Rockies.
The range is oriented along a northwest-southeast axis, extending approximately 70 miles (110 km) from 39° 37' 36"N, 106° 32'13"W in the north to 38° 33' 19"N, 106° 17' 32"W in the south.
The range contains 15 peaks topping 14,000 ft. The range forms aportion of the Continental Divide, and its eastern flanks aredrained by the headwaters of the Arkansas River and Eagle River.
www.therfcc.org /sawatch-range-216153.html   (213 words)

 Summary of Citation
Recognized in cliffs in the valley of the Eagle River and on dip slopes on flank of Sawatch Range, Eagle Co, CO in Eagle basin where it is a unit about 185 ft thick beneath the Peerless formation.
Sawatch revised in that it is assigned to the newly named Horseshoe Mountain Group as the basal formation at Salida, Gunnison Co, CO in the Piceance basin; Colorado Springs, El Paso Co, CO in the Denver basin; and Fairplay, Park Co, CO in the South Park basin.
The new formation which occurs with the Sawatch in central CO in western Gunnison Co,, Piceance basin, Park Co, South Park basin, eastern Eagle, eastern Pitkin, southern Summit, Lake Co, and northern Chaffee Co, Eagle basin, was deposited concurrently with the Peerless Formation.
ngmdb.usgs.gov /Geolex/Refsmry/sumry_9988.html   (1119 words)

 National Park Service: A Survey of the Recreational Resources of the Colorado River Basin (Chapter 2)
The latest major movement of the earth's crust was upward and brought the Sawatch Range and its bordering lands along the Gunnison to their present lofty position, and perhaps coincident with the uplift the newly exposed surface was flooded with lavas or buried beneath volcanic tuffs.
The ranges which extend for many miles along north-south axes are eroded into jagged, irregular skylines, resembling the mountains of the basin and range province to the south.
Unlike the dry plateau country of northern Arizona or the mountain ranges to the south, Verde Valley is destined, both because of its character and location, to be developed as an important source of water and of agricultural produce.
www.cr.nps.gov /history/online_books/colorado/chap2b.htm   (2964 words)

 Tennessee Pass Area
There are no glaciers in these mountains now, but long ago, during the great ice age, these ranges, particularly their east sides, were covered by great masses of ice which flowed down toward or into the valleys at their feet, scouring out here and there basins from the solid rock.
The traveler may be interested in the circular holes, ranging in diameter from a few inches to many feet, that have been carved in these boulders, and he may wonder how they have been made.
At milepost 267 Mount Sheridan (13,700 feet) is the most conspicuous feature of the Mosquito Range, on the east (right), but generally the peaks of this range are not so rugged nor so high as those of the Sawatch Range, on the west.
ghostdepot.com /rg/library/survey/tennessee.htm   (5706 words)

This spring snow conditions in the Sawatch Range (and the Front Range, too) are unusual, and unusual conditions result in unusual avalanches.
The Sawatch Range is the highest range in the state and strong winter winds create hard-slab conditions at the higher elevations.
In the Sawatch Range the principle ingredients for a slab avalanche are in place: weak layer, slab (hard), and steep slopes.
geosurvey.state.co.us /avalanche/Default.aspx?tabid=77   (5216 words)

 ES 331/767 Southern Rocky Mountains
Prominent mountain ranges glaciated during the Quaternary: 1 - Front Range, 2 - Sawatch Range, 3 - San Juan Mountains, and 4 - Sangre de Cristo Range.
Approximately 30 ranges in the southern Rocky Mountains supported alpine glaciers during the Pleistocene and Holocene (Richmond 1986).
The upper Cucharas Creek valley heads on the slopes of Trinchera Peak in the Culebra Range, Sangre de Cristo Mountains of southern Colorado.
academic.emporia.edu /aberjame/ice/rocky_mts/rocky.htm   (1793 words)

 High Rocky Riders Off-Road Club
Buena Vista is tucked between the Sawatch Range on the west and the Mosquito Range on the east, and the two ranges join to close off the headwaters of the Arkansas River about 40 miles to the north.
The they are among the highest range in the state and have long been favorite areas for year-round outdoor and wilderness entertainment.
The Sawatch alone has sixteen of the state's fifty-two fourteeners (Elbert is the highest at 14,431 ft.), not to mention dozens of twelve- and thirteen-thousand foot peaks.
www.highrockyriders.org   (422 words)

 Summary of Citation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
In a batholithic body in northern Sawatch Range, Pitkin Co and Gore Range, Routt Co, CO in Southern Rocky Mountain region, mapped previously as "granite of Cross Creek." Listed with granitic rocks of circa 1,700 m.y.
Named for exposures on Cross Creek (its type area), north end of Sawatch Range, southwest corner of Minturn quad, Eagle and Summit Cos, CO in Southern Rocky Mountain region, its type area.
Is exposed in Gore and Sawatch Ranges, CO, Southern Rocky Mountain region.
ngmdb.usgs.gov /Geolex/Refsmry/sumry_7786.html   (348 words)

 Garden of the Gods
On average, the Sawatch is the tallest of the ranges comprising the Colorado Rockies.
Barely visible in the middle ground beyond the plain are Twin Lakes, originally dammed by the glacier's terminal moraine and now by man. The Mosquito Range, in the distance across the hidden Arkansas River, was the eastern limb of the Sawatch Range anticline before the Rio Grande Rift lopped it off in the Miocene.
Elsewhere along the eastern margin of the Front Range, the neighboring and slightly older Permian-Pennsylvanian Fountain Formation is responsible for many spectacular flatirons, as at Red Rocks Park and ^Roxborough State Park near Denver, but the Fountain here is only weakly cemented and can muster only smaller edifices.
www.cliffshade.com /colorado/garden_gods   (1986 words)

Sometimes referred to as "the backbone of the Continent", the Sawatch Range towers above the Arkansas valley below.The early surveyor Hayden called the range one of the grandest of eruptive masses on the continent.
The three peaks were named Harvard, Yale and Princeton often referred to as the Collegiate Peaks of the Sawatch Range.
Both the Mosquito Range and the Sawatch Range are a part of the Laramide Uplift.
www.salida.com /html/mountains.htm   (934 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The northwest-trending Sawatch Range normal fault system is the principal range-bounding fault of the northern Rio Grande Rift of central Colorado.
There, the modern fault geometry suggests that the Sawatch Range fault is presently breaching the boundary.
Immediately north of the Chalk Cliffs, the range front fault is active whereas immediately south, the range front fault is inactive.
darkwing.uoregon.edu /~millerm/JSGCCpaper.html   (248 words)

 SummitPost.org - Mount Princeton Climbing Information
The Sawatch Range is a large and expansive north-south mountain range, spanning over several miles from the Eagle River, in the north, to Poncha Pass in the south.
This range evolved during the Sawatch uplift where a broad faulted fold was sliced in two by the Rio Grande Rift located at the present day Arkansas River.
The northern section of the Sawatch Range is composed of Precambrian rock, dating back to 1.75 billion years.
www.summitpost.org /show/mountain_link.pl/mountain_id/205   (1135 words)

 Mount Ouray
The trailhead is about 92 air miles west-northwest of Pueblo, near the town of Poncha Springs, at the south end of the Sawatch Range.
Then you cross into the south end of the Wasatch Mountain range where the rocks are roughly 60 times as old as the volcanics you started out in.
The Sawatch Range, in which Mount Ouray occurs, is one of a number of Laramide uplifts in the Rocky Mountains.
home.earthlink.net /~colorado_hiking4/Mount_Ouray/Mount_Ouray.htm   (1666 words)

 SummitPost.org - Grizzly Peak Climbing Information
Grizzly Peak is appropriately situated in the middle of Colorado's sprawling Sawatch range.
This complex range stretches over 100 miles north to south, starting at the north end of the Holy Cross Wilderness and ending at Mount Antoro, south of the Marshall Pass area.
When hiking this range, there are a few characteristics you can count on: long approaches, plenty of vertical, and plenty of Class 2 hiking.
www.summitpost.org /show/mountain_link.pl/mountain_id/510   (658 words)

 Colorado 14ers climbing trip reports, Colorado Fourteeners with photos and route description by Rex Headd
The Sawatch Range has the most 14ers with 15, and the 3 highest 14ers in Colorado.
The Elk Range, notorious for its loose rock, has many of the most difficult 14ers.
Each range has a unique character, and once you spend some time in all of them, it is hard to pick a favorite.
www.geocities.com /rex14ers   (298 words)

 Sawatch Mountains. The Columbia Gazetteer of North America. 2000   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
in central Colo., extending c.100 mi/161 km S from Eagle R. to Saguache town; bounded E by Arkansas R. (its source is in NE part of range), W by Elk Mts.
Part of range just N of St. Elmo, is known as Collegiate Range; includes Mt. Yale (14,196 ft/4,327 m), Mt. Princeton (14,197 ft/4,327 m), and Mt. Harvard (14,420 ft/4,395 m).
Range is penetrated 10 mi/16 km W of Leadville by Busk-Ivanhoe Tunnel (9,394 ft/2,863 m long), constructed as RR tunnel (1890) and now used by state road.
www.bartleby.com /69/57/S07257.html   (248 words)

 Bicycling Cumberland Pass   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The Cumberland Pass road is a smooth dirt road, climbing over an outrigger of the Sawatch Range.
The outrigger climbed by this pass reaches over 12000 feet, and is the perfect spot to get a scenic overview of the main ridge of the Sawatch Range from the West.
It lead over the main range of the Sawatch and a railhead in Buena Vista.
ourworld.compuserve.com /homepages/mfiebach/t_p_Cumberland.html   (836 words)

 The Sawatch Range
The Sawatch Range is a narrow strip of the Continental Divide containing fifteen 14er's, most of which dominate the landscape just to the west of US 24, from Leadville to Salida.
The Sawatch peaks are famous for their numerous hiking trails, enough to keep you busy for a lifetime.
There are nontechnical routes up all these peaks, and accessibility is easy even for 2-wheel drive vehicles.
www.fourteeners.org /ranges/sawatch/sawatch.htm   (94 words)

 The Rocky Mountains   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
This region consists of several distinct mountain ranges with elevations ranging from around 6,000 feet to over 14,000 feet at the peaks of some mountains.
The major mountain ranges include the Front Range, Wet Mountains, Sangre de Cristo, Park Range, Sawatch Range, and the San Juan Mountains.
Mt. Elbert, located in the Sawatch Range, is the highest peak in the state.
waterknowledge.colostate.edu /rockymou.htm   (218 words)

 MSN Encarta - Related Items - Mountain
Rocky Mountains, major mountain range of western North America
all articles about mountain ranges, peaks, and landforms
, mountain range, central Colorado, a branch of the Rocky Mountains.
encarta.msn.com /related_761577470_11.220/Sawatch_Range.html   (43 words)

 Sawatch Range gallery
The Sawatch Range in central Colorado contains 15 of Colorado's 14ers and I have climbed all of them, plus a few 13ers.
The range can be characterized as having big, but gentle mountains.
A couple of the specks on the snowfield to the left of center are climbers, but they didn't come out in the scan.
www.eskimo.com /~rachford/mountaineering/gallery/sawatch.html   (1410 words)

 SummitPost.org - Mount Hope Climbing Information
This complex range stretches nearly 100 miles north and south, starting at Tennessee Pass and ending at the Marshall Pass area.
The Sawatch is home to 15 fourteeners and 14 centennial thirteeners; no other Colorado mountain range contains as many peaks above 13,800 ft. When planning a hike of the Central Sawatch, there are a few things you can count on, long approaches, plenty of vertical, and endless class 2 hiking.
Sticking to the normal Sawatch mountaineering theme, Mount Hope has very steep surrounding slopes and gentle, broad ridges leading to its elusive summit.
www.summitpost.org /show/mountain_link.pl/mountain_id/873   (680 words)

 Wilderness Land Trust - Colorado, Collegiate Peaks
More than 40 miles of the Continental Divide follow the crest of the Sawatch Range in what is now arguably the pinnacle of the North American continent, for the divide never reaches a higher point between the Isthmus of Panama and the Arctic Circle than it does in the Sawatch Range.
Glaciers worked their magic on the mighty peaks of the Sawatch Range, scouring smooth alpine criques at the heads of deep, U-shaped valleys.
As the glaciers melted and retreated, torrents of snowmelt poured forth from the mountains and dumped their loads of silt in vast alluvial fans at the range's edge.
www.wildernesslandtrust.org /collegiate_peaks.html   (202 words)

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Springtime ascent of Mt. Elbert in the Sawatch Range of the Colorado Rockies
Driving through the small, backcountry town of Twin Lakes I pitched my tent in a deserted campsite on the windswept shore of a small lake ensconced in the snow-bound foothills of the mighty Sawatch Range.
Dawn broke with clear blue skies and the dark waters of the now quiescent lake reflecting perfectly the shining masses of the enclosing peaks.
members.lycos.co.uk /caingram/Colorado/elbert.htm   (316 words)

 Elkhead Pass hike, Colorado
The trailhead is located about 86 air miles west-northwest of Colorado Springs in the Sawatch Range.
You'll hike on these younger rocks for roughly 3/4 of mile, then go back into the Precambrian granitic igneous intrusives* all the way to the pass.
The Sawatch Range, in which this hike lies, is one of a number of Laramide uplifts in the Rocky Mountains.
home.earthlink.net /~colorado_hiking3/Elkhead_Pass/elkhead_pass.htm   (1541 words)

 Trail results for
Fine views of the Sawatch Range are yours on this hike from historic Tincup Pass.
Two famous wilderness paths converge on a hike to the terminus of the Sawatch Range.
The southernmost peaks of the Sawatch Range honor the memory of the once mighty Ute Indian nation.
www.trails.com /AdvancedFind.asp?GeoSearch=1&Lat=38.52085&lon=-106.321967&Distance=25&Activities=HK,WK&OrderBy=Distance   (917 words)

These are distributed between the Front Range, the Sawatch Range, the Sangre de Cristo Range, the Tenmile-Mosquito Range, the San Juan Mountains, and the Elk Mountains.
The Sierra is the western wall of the Basin and Range, as the most dramatic basins are the Owens Valley, Saline Valley, Panamint Valley, and Death Valley, all in California -- though the province, of course, extends all up through Nevada.
The Coastal Ranges are the long seam of the San Andreas Fault, along which most of the lateral motion is evident.
www.friesian.com /ross/calif.htm   (4884 words)

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