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Encyclopedia > Medicine Bow Mountains
Medicine Bow Mountains seen from U.S. Highway 287 in northern Colorado
Medicine Bow Mountains seen from U.S. Highway 287 in northern Colorado
Medicine Bow Peak up close
For the Snowy Range of Australia, see Snowy Mountains.

The Medicine Bow Mountains are a mountain range in the Rocky Mountains that extend from northern Colorado into southern Wyoming. Wyoming's northern portion of the range is often referred to as The Snowy Range or "The Snowies". From the northern end of Colorado's Never Summer Mountains, the Medicine Bow mountains extend north from Cameron Pass along the border between Larimer and Jackson counties in Colorado and northward into south central Wyoming. In Wyoming, the range sits west of Laramie, in Albany and Carbon counties to the route of the Union Pacific Railroad and U.S. Interstate 80. The mountains often serve as a symbol for the city of Laramie. United States Highway 287 is a north-south United States highway. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 956 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)http://i211. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 956 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)http://i211. ... Worldwind image of Snowy Mountains The Snowy Mountains (known for short as the Snowies) are the highest Australian mountain range and contain the Australian mainlands highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, which reaches 2228 metres AHD. They are located in southern New South Wales and are part of the larger Australian... For exotic financial options, see Mountain range (options). ... For individual mountains named Rocky Mountain, see Rocky Mountain (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Demonym Coloradan Capital Denver Largest city Denver Largest metro area Denver-Aurora Metro Area Area  Ranked 8th in the US  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... Official language(s) English Capital Cheyenne Largest city Cheyenne Area  Ranked 10th  - Total 97,818 sq mi (253,348 km²)  - Width 280 miles (450 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 0. ... Nokhu Crags, at the northern end of the Never Summer Mountains. ... Cameron Pass (elevation 10276 ft) is a mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains in north central Colorado in the United States. ... Larimer County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. ... Jackson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. ... Laramie is a city in and the county seat of Albany County in the U.S. state of Wyoming. ... Albany County is a county located in the state of Wyoming. ... Carbon County is a county located in the state of Wyoming. ... Union Pacific redirects here. ... Interstate 80 (abbreviated I-80) is the second-longest Interstate Highway in the United States. ... Laramie is a city in and the county seat of Albany County in the U.S. state of Wyoming. ...


The highest peak in the range is Clark Peak (12,951 feet), located in Rawah Wilderness and is along the southern end of the range in Northern Colorado. Much of the range is located within the Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming. The highest peak on the Wyoming side is in fact Medicine Bow Peak (12,013). The range is drained along is western flank by the Michigan and Canadian rivers, tributaries of the North Platte in North Park. On its eastern flank it is drained by the Laramie River, another tributary of the North Platte. The Rawah Wilderness is administered by the USDA Forest Service. ... Official language(s) English Demonym Coloradan Capital Denver Largest city Denver Largest metro area Denver-Aurora Metro Area Area  Ranked 8th in the US  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... Medicine Bow - Routt National Forest is the official title to a U.S. Forest Service managed area extending over 3 million acres (12,000 km²) in the states of Wyoming and Colorado, United States. ... Medicine Bow Peak is the highest peak in the Snowy Range, a part of the Medicine Bow Mountains, about 35 miles west of Laramie, Wyoming. ... The Michigan River seen from Colorado State Highway 14 near Gould looking south The Michigan River is a tributary of the North Platte River, approximately 30 miles (48 km) long, in north central Colorado in the United States. ... The North Platte River The North Platte River is a tributary of the Platte River, approximately 680 mi (1,094 km) long, in the U.S. states of Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska. ... Log structure near Rand, Colorado, at the southern end of North Park. ... The Laramie River The Laramie River is a tributary of the North Platte River, approximately 216 mi (348 km) long, in the U.S. states of Colorado and Wyoming. ...


The Medicine Bow Mountains resulted from continental compression during the Laramide Orogeny. Beginning ~70 million years ago, the Rockies began uplifting along thrust faults that broke up the Precambrian granite of Earth's crust. By 50 million years ago, all of Wyoming's major mountain ranges were elevated and the major basins defined. Rocks exposed along the flanks and peaks of the Medicine Bow Mountains span the Precambrian to modern, with the peaks composed of 2.4-2.0 billion year old Medicine Peak Quartzite. This rock was once a shallow marine sand deposit that has since been compressed and heated during burial, forming the metamorphic rock, quartzite. What may be traces of multicellular animals are preserved in this rock, making it of particular interest to paleontologists. A paleontologist carefully chips rock from a column of dinosaur vertebrae. ...


Wildlife abounds in these mountains, with mule deer, elk, moose, black bear, mountain lions, coyotes, marmots, Richardson's ground squirrels, bobcats, and lynx as well as a tremendous varierty of birds being visible even from the road. Anglers enjoy fishing for brook and rainbow trout as well as grayling and golden trout. Flyfishing is generally the most productive method, but small spinning outfits are popular as well.


This mountain range is also home to some of the remains of a Douglas DC-4 aircraft, operated under United Airlines Flight 409. The aircraft crashed into Medicine Bow Peak on October 6, 1955, killing all 66 people on board (63 passengers, 3 crew members.) United Airlines Flight 409 was a scheduled flight departing from Denver, Colorado to Salt Lake City, Utah. ... is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ...


See also

A digital elevation model relief map of Colorado. ... Mount Elbert is the highest mountain of the State of Colorado and the entire Rocky Mountains of North America. ... View of Mount Elbert in the Sawatch Range, the highest peak of the Rocky Mountains of North America. ... For individual mountains named Rocky Mountain, see Rocky Mountain (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... This article is about the US state. ...

References

External links

  • Rocky Mountains @ Peakbagger
    • Southern Rocky Mountains @ Peakbagger
      • Medicine Bow Mountains @ Peakbagger



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Medicine Bow Mountains - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (270 words)
The Medicine Bow Mountains are a mountain range in the Rocky Mountains in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming.
From the northern end of the Front Range, the range extends north from Cameron Pass along the border between Larimer and Jackson counties in Colorado northward into south central Wyoming west of Laramie, to the route of the Union Pacific Railroad.
The highest peak in the range is Medicine Bow Peak (12,013 ft), located in the northern end of the range in southwestern Albany County, Wyoming.
Medicine Bow River - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (138 words)
The Medicine Bow River is a tributary of the North Platte River, approximately 195 mi (314 km) long, in southern Wyoming in the United States.
It rises in the Medicine Bow Mountains, northwest of Medicine Bow Peak in southeastern Carbon County.
It flows north, past Elk Mountain, then northeast, then northwest past the town of Medicine Bow and between the Shirley Mountains to the north and the Medicine Bow Mountains to the south.
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