Blanca Peak is revered by the First Nations Diné (Navajo) as a sacred mountain and is called ~ Tsisnaasjiní ~ which means Dawn or White Shell Mountain. The mountain is considered to be the eastern boundary of the Dinetah, the traditional Navajo homeland. It is associated with the color white, and tribal traditions say it is “Covered in Daylight and Dawn and Fastened to the Ground with Lightning!”.
Blanca Peak is the fourth highest summit of the Rocky Mountains of North America and the U.S. state of Colorado. The ultra-prominent 14,351-foot (4,374 m) peak is the highest summit of the Sierra Blanca Massif, the Sangre de Cristo Range, and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This image was shot while flying over Zapata Ranch during a visit to Zapata Ranch to see Duke Phillips, the flying cowboy rancher. Zapata Ranch lies at the bottom of the mountain and spreads out over 100,000 acres across the San Luis valley.