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The 9 Most Beautiful Colorado Mountains

By: Spencer McKee

Every Colorado mountain is beautiful in its own way, making it very hard to narrow down our favorite summits to such a short list–but, we did it! Here are a few peaks around the state that are truly unique amongst other mountains around the world.

Mount Sneffles Autumn Evening OutThere Colorado

9. Mount Sneffels


A true monster of a mountain, Mount Sneffels is the highest point in Ouray County, rising 7,200 feet above the town of Ridgway, Colorado.
Nokhu Crags and Summer Storm over the Rocky Mountains - OutThere Colorado

8. The Nokhu Crags


Found in the Never Summer range, the Nokhu Crags reach an elevation of 12,490 feet. The name comes from the Arapaho language, translated to “eagle’s nest.”
Photo Credit: Robert Ford
Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak - OutThere Colorado.

7. Pikes Peak


The inspiration behind the song “America, the Beautiful,” it’s hard to say Pikes Peak isn’t a near perfect mountain. Rising to more than 14,000 feet, there’s a stark contrast between this peak and the land east of Colorado Springs. East of the mountain, it’s flat, but west, peaks stretch for miles.

6. Mount Crested Butte


Known for its pointed shape, Mount Crested Butte is one of the most recognizable peaks in Colorado. Head there during the winter for some of the best resort skiing in the state.

5. Longs Peak


Another beastly mountain, Longs Peak is a picturesque Colorado summit. The only 14,000 foot mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park, visitors to the state have fallen in love with this mountain for centuries.
Photo Credit: Gerardo Brucker
Why are the Maroon Bells the Deadly Bells Photo Credit Brian Kerls

4. The Maroon Bells


Known for their bell-like shape and reddish hue, the Maroon Bells are said to be the most photographed peaks in North America.
Crestone Needle Reflection - Alex Burke - OutThere Colorado

3. The Crestone Needle


Reaching an altitude of 14,203 feet, the Crestone Needle is often considered one of the more difficult 14er summits to bag.
Photo Credit: Alex Burke
Colorado 14ers ranked by difficulty. Photo by Katie Botwin

2. Capitol Peak


Often regarded as one of the most dangerous non-technical climbs in Colorado, Capitol Peak reaches a height of 14,131 feet. If you’re planning to climb this peak, make sure you’re both experienced and well-prepared for Colorado mountain climbing.
Photo Credit: Katie Botwin
Mount Princeton - OutThere Colorado

1. Mount Princeton


Named after the prestigious American college, Mount Princeton stands tall over Buena Vista. With a prominence of 2,156′, it’s hard.

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