The 14,197-foot summit of Mount Princeton is the perfect backdrop for the breathtakingly beautiful Chalk Cliffs in the Sawatch Range and Collegiate Range of Colorado.
Strikingly white, the Chalk Cliffs are among Colorado's most unique natural wonders. Not actually chalk at all, a soft clay mineral called kaolinite is formed by deposits from the surrounding hot springs. The naturally heated mineral waters that come tumbling down from mountain, seep into the cracks of granite forming the chalky cliffs. This offers another fascinating look into Mother Nature's sculpturing skills.
Visitors exploring the Chalk Cliffs often bag the 6.5-mile challenging trek that leads to the 14,197-foot summit of Mount Princeton, a popular Colorado fourteener.
The Chalk Cliffs are located at the base of Chalk Creek Canyon, on the southeastern side of Mount Princeton. One of the best views is at an overlook off Highway 285 between the mountain towns of Nathrop and Poncha Springs.
The peak was originally named Chalk Mountain by George M. Wheeler during his surveying and mapping expedition of the Colorado Territory in 1871.