San Juan Range

This incredibly snowy image of the rugged Rockies is full of amazing mountains. These are the jagged mountains and high mountain meadows of the Weminuche Wilderness in the San Juan Range. Included are a number of the 58 peaks in Colorado that top 14,000 feet! In the center of this image and going straight up over the horizon is the Continental Divide. Extending from the Bering Strait on the west side to the Strait of Magellan on the east side, separating the watersheds that drain into the Pacific Ocean from those river systems that drain into the Atlantic Ocean (including those that drain into the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea), and along the northernmost reaches of the Divide, those river systems that drain into the Arctic Ocean.

In the immediate center foreground is Palomino Mountain (12,230 ft / 3,728 m) and to its left is Porphyry Gulch. On the other side of that dark ridgeline in the middle left of the photo is the Williams Creek Reservoir Valley and Poison Park. Slightly to the right is Cimarrona Peak (12,577 ft / 3,833 m) and Squaw Pass. One of the great things about shooting from a bush plane up high is the great scale of distance the images has. On the Horizon to the left is Mount Sneffels (14150 ft / 4313 m), over 50 miles (80km) away!

Also in this image along the horizon we have El Diente Peak (14,159 ft / 4,316 m), Mount Wilson (14,250 ft / 4,343 m), Wilson Peak (14,017 ft / 4,272 m), Sunshine Peak 14,001 ft / 4,267 m), Redcloud Peak (14,034 ft / 4,277 m), Handies Peak (14,048 ft / 4,281 m), Wetterhorn Peak (14,015 ft / 4,271 m) and the venerable Uncompahgre Peak (14,309 ft / 4,361 m). Wow! That is 8 amazing 14ners in one image!

 

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