Culebra Peak, the 14,053-foot high point of the 35-mile-long Culebra Range, is Colorado’s 41st highest fourteener, the southernmost fourteener in the United States, and the only private fourteener in the state. The elegant peak is one of the least climbed 14,000-foot mountains in Colorado since access is limited and a hefty fee is charged to climb it. Culebra, Spanish for “snake,” has been private property for hundreds of years, beginning as a Spanish land grant that changed hands several times. Now the peak is part of 77,000-acre Cielo Vista Ranch so anyone wanting to tag this wild mountain must make a reservation, pay $150 as of 2016, and check in at 6:00 a.m.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green