Elk Mountains

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The Elk Mountains cover a large portion of mid-western Colorado and are home to some of the most impressive and famous mountains in North America. In fact, the Maroon Bells are the most photographed peaks in Colorado. There's truly no wonder as to why - the Maroon Bells are certainly quite serene and spectacular.

The Elk Mountains contain some of the most beautiful and majestic wilderness in all of America. There are 3 Wilderness Areas within the Elk Mountains, including the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, the West Elk Wilderness Area, and the Raggeds Wilderness Area. In total, the Elk Mountains have 423,320 of Wilderness acreage.

The Elk Mountains contain some of the most rugged mountains in Colorado, including the 14ers Capitol Peak, Snowmass Mountain, the Maroon Bells, Pyramid Peak, and Castle Peak.

The Elk Mountains also contain a sub-range to the south and west, known as the West Elk Mountains, which span the gap between the towns of Gunnison and Paonia, and is also home to The West Elk Wilderness Area. This glorious part of Colorado comprises a remote, mountainous, and geologically unique area containing volcanic dykes and rugged peaks and is the fifth largest Wilderness Area in Colorado. This region resides south and west of Kebler Pass, Ohio Pass, and the town of Crested Butte, all magnificent photography locations in the fall. The 500-foot spires called "The Castles" are the signature landmark for the West Elk Wilderness Area and are a favorite photographic subject of mine.

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