Colorado peaks

4,826 peaks

Highest peak

Mount Elbert

14,440 ft / 4,401 m

Most summited peak

Mount Elbert

277 summits

Most prominent peak

Mount Elbert

9,093 ft / 2,771 m prom

Colorado summits

10,272 summits

First Ascent Awards

1618 of 4,826 peaks 33%

Top climbing months

July 20%

August 18%

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.
"Started out from basecamp at the Horn fork basin at 0645hrs. Excellent weather. Extreme wind for 75% of the hike. However beautiful views in all directions. Total time to summit from base camp was exactly 2 hours. " - Mount Columbia, jouv236, Sep 23, 2018
"Hiked in at about 0700hrs from the trail head at the end of county route 365 followed the Horn Fork Basin trail and set up camp at the first camp site directly across from the Mount Columbia trail. Weather was fantastic. Clear blue skies perfect temperatures. Returned to Base camp that evening to have dinner. Slept till 0530hrs then woke for breakfast and made the hike up to Mount Columbia on the 23rd of September. Once again a day of amazingly clear skies." - Mount Harvard, jouv236, Sep 22, 2018
"Excellent little bushwhack, starting at Fall River Reservoir and heading up to Parry via the main gully. Spotted 6 or 7 bighorn sheep on the way up, at about 12K. After summiting, we traversed over to Bancroft and then back down to the reservoir. Got pretty steep at the end! " - Parry Peak, LGH-Dan, Sep 19, 2018
"Excellent little bushwhack, starting at Fall River Reservoir and heading up to Parry via the main gully. Spotted 6 or 7 bighorn sheep on the way up, at about 12K. After summiting, we traversed over to Bancroft and then back down to the reservoir. Got pretty steep at the end! " - Mount Bancroft, LGH-Dan, Sep 19, 2018
"Drive up to Summit Lake. Had the intention of hiking up the short route up to the summit but we missed the trail and hiked all the way up the road. About 6 miles up, summited at 4:15 and took the trail down. 7.5 miles total. " - Mount Evans, aenea9881, Sep 16, 2018

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