The Elk Mountains are a high, rugged mountain range in west-central Colorado. The mountains sit on the western side of the Continental Divide in the area southwest of Aspen, and are among the most dramatic in form and color in the United States due to their sedimentary composition. Much of the range is located within the White River National Forest and the Gunnison National Forest, as well as the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness and Raggeds Wilderness. The Elk Mountains rise nearly 9,000 ft. above the Roaring Fork Valley to the north. The highest peaks in the range are its fourteeners, Castle Peak (14,272’), Maroon Peak (14,163’), Capitol Peak (14,137’), Snowmass Mountain (14,098’) and Pyramid Peak (14,025’).

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