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Rising 6200 feet/ 1900 m above the town of Crestone Colorado, Challenger Point (14080 ft / 4292 m, right center) catches the last full rays of the sun along with other summits of the Sangre de Cristo range, including 14ers Kit Carson and Crestone Peaks. Challenger Point was named in honor of the seven astronauts who perished when the space shuttle Challenger broke up on liftoff in 1986.

Tags:   Challenger Point Sangre de Cristo Mountains Crestone Peak Kit Carson Peak Crestone Colorado Sunset

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Thunderstorms build over the mountains during the early afternoon, mirrored in the calm waters of Coot Lake. The hills look a bit black as the forest was singed 2 years ago by the Calwood Fire www.flickr.com/photos/wdbowman/50512170888

Tags:   cumulonimbus thunderstorm Coot Lake Boulder Colorado

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The view looking north near the crest of the Continental Divide shows the divide to be series of rugged ridges rather than a clean dividing line. These mountains were thrust up between 80 to 40 million years ago (Laramide orogeny) as a high plateau, then subject to erosion from wind and water. Glaciation occurred in several episodes, mostly ending 16,000 years ago with a small blip of an ice age from 1300-1850 (Little Ice Age). The glaciers of the southern Rockies were primarily located in the valleys, and these high peaks and ridges, most over 13,000’/ 4000 m, were not smoothed by ice. The billion year-old granites are relatively resistant to erosion, forming the jagged and serrated ridges.

The nearest valleys below this vantage point on Caribou Ridge are part of the City of Boulder watershed. The three knobby peaks towards the center are (l to r) Apache Peak (in the light), Navajo Peak (with horizontally layered rock in the center), and Arikaree Peak (shaded by the clouds). The peaks in the distance on the left are in the southern part of Rocky Mountain National Park. Coyote Park, seen in my recent posts, is about 3 miles west (left) and 3000’ lower.

Tags:   Indian Peaks Front Range southern Rocky Mountains Navajo Peak Apache Peak Arikaree Peak Niwot Ridge Continental Divide Colorado

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Multiple cloud layers float over the Arapaho Peak massif looming 3500'/1000m above Coyote Park. Warm sunset colors illuminate the lower clouds streaming over the summit ridge as a cool front pushes in from the northeast, while the higher cloud layers flow in the typical west to east direction. I've taken dozens of photos of this mountain from the east (www.flickr.com/photos/wdbowman/14856075693) and was glad to get a chance to see it from the other side. I guess I've seen both sides now, though I can't say I really know Arapaho Peak at all.

This is a 5 shot stitched panorama

Tags:   Coyote Park Arapaho Peaks Sunset subalpine meadow Indian Peaks Front Range Continental Divide Arapaho creek Colorado

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One of several unofficial named peaks that make up the Indian Peaks, Hopi Peak (12777 ft / 3894 m) rises above Coyote Park on the western side of the Continental Divide. I stopped here for lunch on the first day of my backpacking trip, and was pleased to see, as if on cue, a coyote stroll by on the periphery of the park. These relatively old spruce trees have been spared the ravages of spruce beetles unlike many other old-growth stands in Colorado (e.g. www.flickr.com/photos/wdbowman/51593480726).

Tags:   Hopi Peak Indian Peaks Indian Peaks Wilderness Front Range southern Rocky Mountains Colorado Coyote Park Engelmann spruce cirrus


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