Monthly Archives: November 2013

Mountain of Rainbows

One of Colorado’s jewels is a bold mountain with twin peaks standing at the extreme end of the Elk Range in Central Colorado. Snow clings to the upper slopes for six months each year and reflects the colors of the sunrise and sunsets in the Crystal and Roaring Fork River Valleys. Travelers can easily spot this showy peak from fifteen miles north due to the 6,000 feet it rises above the valley. The earliest inhabitants of this area, the Northern Utes, thought of the mountain as The Mountain of Rainbows. They were grateful for the moisture the mountain shed and the lush flora which survived in the surrounding drainages. They survived on the animals which came to feed near the mountain.