Needle Mountains


Needle Mountains
Needle Mountains
Mountain Range
Mount Eolus, the highest of the Needle Mountains.
Country United States
State Colorado
Range San Juan Mountains, Rocky Mountains
Highest point Mount Eolus
 - elevation 14,089 ft (4,294 m)
 - coordinates 37°37′19″N 107°37′22″W / 37.62194°N 107.62278°W / 37.62194; -107.62278
Length 54 mi (87 km), N-S
Width 21 mi (34 km), E-W
Area 728 sq mi (1,886 km2)

The Needle Mountains are a subrange of the San Juan Mountains of the Rocky Mountains located in the southwestern part of the U.S. State of Colorado. Much of the range is protected in the Weminuche Wilderness of the San Juan National Forest. The range is notable for having some of the most rugged mountains in the state, and includes many technical climbs and scrambles. A small but dramatic east-west subrange in the northern section is known as the Grenadier Range.

Notable peaks include:

  • Mount Eolus, 14,083 ft
  • Windom Peak, 14,082 ft
  • Sunlight Peak, 14,059 ft
  • Pigeon Peak, 13,972 ft
  • Vestal Peak, 13,864 ft (Grenadier Range)
  • Turret Peak (Colorado), 13,835 ft
  • Jagged Mountain (Colorado), 13,824 ft
  • Arrow Peak, 13,803 ft (Grenadier Range)
  • Animas Mountain, 13,786 ft
  • Storm King Peak, 13,752 ft (Grenadier Range)
  • Mount Silex, 13,628 ft
  • The Guardian (Colorado), 13,617 ft
  • Leviathan Peak, 13,528 ft
  • Vallecito Mountain, 13,428 ft
  • Mount Garfield, 13,074 ft

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