Colorado peaks

4,826 peaks

Highest peak

Mount Elbert

14,440 ft / 4,401 m

Most summited peak

Mount Elbert

269 summits

Most prominent peak

Mount Elbert

9,093 ft / 2,771 m prom

Colorado summits

9,962 summits

First Ascent Awards

1598 of 4,826 peaks 33%

Top climbing months

July 19%

August 17%

September 12%

Colorado mountains highlights

  • In summer months beware of near-daily afternoon thunderstorms up high. Best to start really early and plan to be off the top usually by 12-1pm at the latest.
  • Numerous mountain ranges, such as the Sawatch, Elk, San Juan, Sangre de Cristo, Mosquito, Ten Mile, and Front, contain a diverse collection of mountains worthy of exploration.
  • One of the most famous and popular peak challenges in the world, the Colorado 14ers Peak Challenge, permeates every aspect of Colorado culture
  • The highest peak in Colorado, Mount Elbert 14,440 ft, is the highest in the Rocky Mountains and 2nd highest in the contiguous United States
  • The Rocky Mountains reach their zenith in the heart of Colorado, with over 50 peaks reaching above 14,000 ft high.
"Solo birthday ascent, after forest fires turned me from Lindsey. Most technical hike to date. Lots of class 4, some class 5. Can’t put this monster into words, but it was amazing. " - Crestone Needle, LGH-Dan, Jul 11, 2018
"I came down the ridge from Sugarloaf, Little Sugarloaf, and Independence. The bushwhack back to the trailhead wasn't too bad and I found an old abandoned trail which made things a little easier." - Alpine Peak, WaxDr, Jul 4, 2018
"Double date hike with Josh & Jen Fyhrie. Started at 6:43, summited Torreys Peak at 9:35, and got back to our car pretty much exactly 6 hours later! Mike & Turok summited Torreys, Jen, Josh and I summited both Torreys and Grays. " - Torreys Peak, aenea9881, Jul 4, 2018
"I took the Hell's Hole trail up past Sugarloaf, then bushwhacked up to the ridge just south of the summit. I followed the ridge down to Little Sugarloaf, Independence, and Alpine. The weather was perfect and no wildfire smoke to deal with." - Sugarloaf Peak, WaxDr, Jul 4, 2018
"Long day, but we made it. Couldn’t have picked a better day for weather. Lots of people and pups on the trail. We even got to see a Mountain Goat! Fourth High Point and 14’er!!!" - Mount Elbert, DoyleWalton, Jul 2, 2018

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