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The San Juan Mountains are a rugged mountain range in the Rocky Mountains in southwestern Colorado. The area is highly mineralized (the Colorado Mineral Belt) and figured in the gold and silver mining industry of early Colorado. Major towns, all old mining camps, include Creede, Lake City, Silverton, Ouray, and Telluride. Mining is now uneconomical in the region, the last holdouts being the Standard Metals operation on Red Mountain Pass which operated until late in the 20th century and the ill-fated Summitville mine on the eastern slope of the San Juans. The most general definition of a mountain range is a group of mountains bordered by lowlands. ... White Goat Wilderness Area, Alberta, Canada Longs Peak of the Rocky Mountains as depicted on the Colorado state quarter The Rocky Mountains, often called the Rockies, are a broad mountain range in western North America. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Area  - Total   - Width   - Length    - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 8th 104,185 sq mi  269 837 km² 280 miles  451 km 380 miles  612 km 0. ... Minerals are natural compounds formed through geological processes. ... The Colorado Mineral Belt (CMB) is a broad area stretching north-east from the San Juan Mountains in Southwestern Colorado to the Front Range near Boulder, Colorado which is highly mineralized. ... General Name, Symbol, Number gold, Au, 79 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 6, d Appearance metallic yellow Atomic mass 196. ... General Name, Symbol, Number silver, Ag, 47 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 5, d Appearance lustrous white metal Atomic mass 107. ... Creede is a town located in Mineral County, Colorado. ... Lake City is a town located in Hinsdale County, Colorado. ... Silverton is a town located in San Juan County, Colorado. ... Ouray, Colorado Ouray is a city located in Ouray County, Colorado. ... Old Town Telluride Telluride is a town located in San Miguel County in southwestern Colorado on the San Miguel River on the west side of the San Juan Mountains. ... Red Mountain Pass (elevation 11,018) is a mountain pass in the San Juan Mountains of western Colorado in the United States. ... The Summitville Mine was a gold mining site in Rio Grande County, Colorado 25 miles south of Del Norte. ...


The Summitville mine was the scene of a major environmental disaster in the 1990s when the hastily installed liner of a cyanide-laced tailing pond began leaking heavily. Summitville is in the Summitville caldera one of many extinct volcanoes making up the San Juan Volcanic Field. One, the La Garita Caldera, is 35 miles in diameter. Large beds of lava, some extending under the floor of the San Luis Valley are characteristic of the eastern slope of the San Juans. The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive. ... A cyanide is any chemical compound that contains the cyano group C≡N, with the carbon atom triple-bonded to the nitrogen atom. ... Tailing ponds are areas of refused mining tailings that are covered with water to prevent dust from blowing away. ... Crater Lake, Oregon A caldera is a volcanic feature formed by the collapse of a volcano into itself. ... Eruption redirects here. ... Look up lava, Aa, and pahoehoe in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... San Luis Valley is a large broad alpine valley in south-central Colorado. ...


There is some tourism in the region, with the narrow gauge railway between Durango and Silverton being an attraction in the summer. Jeeping is popular on the old trails which linked the historic mining camps, particularly thrilling is the Black Bear Road. Visiting old ghost towns is popular as is wilderness trekking and mountain climbing. The San Juans are extremely steep, only Telluride has made the transition to ski resort. Purgatory (now known as Durango Mountain Resort) is a small ski area north of Durango near the Tamarron Resort. There is also skiing on Wolf Creek Pass, an area used mostly by locals. Narrow-gauge railways are railroads (railways) with track spaced at less than the standard gauge of 4 ft 8 in (1. ... Durango (Navajo: Kinłání) is a city located in La Plata County, Colorado (USA). ... Jeep is an automobile marque (and registered trademark) of DaimlerChrysler. ... Black Bear Road is a notorious jeep trail that extends from Red Mountain Pass on U.S. Highway 550 (between Ouray and Silverton) to Telluride, Colorado. ... A street corner in the ghost town of Bodie, California. ... Mountaineering is an umbrella term that can variously be used to describe the actions of climbing, hillwalking and scrambling. ... This is a list of ski areas around the world. ... Wolf Creek Pass is a 11,800 foot mountain pass on the Continental Divide, in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. ...


The Rio Grande rises on the east side of the range. The other side of the San Juans, the western slope of the continental divide, is drained by tributaries of the San Juan, Dolores and Gunnison rivers which all flow into the Colorado River. The Rio Grande flowing in Big Bend National Park The Rio Grande in its lower course, between Matamoros and Brownsville Known as the Rio Grande in the United States and as the Río Bravo (or, more formally, the Río Bravo del Norte) in Mexico, the river, 3034 km... A continental divide is a line of elevated terrain which forms a border between two watersheds such that water falling on one side of the line eventually travels to one ocean or body of water, and water on the other side travels to another, generally on the opposite side of... Categories: Stub | Colorado rivers | Utah rivers ... The Dolores River, a tributary of the Colorado, is shown highlighted on a map of the western United States The Dolores River is a tributary of the Colorado River, approximately 250 mi (402 km) long, in the U.S. states of Colorado and Utah. ... The Gunnison River, a tributary of the Colorado River, is shown highlighted on a map of the western United States The Gunnison River is a tributary of the Colorado River, approximately 180 mi (290 km) long, in the U.S. state of Colorado. ... Colorado River in the Grand Canyon from Desert View The Colorado River is a river in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, approximately 1,450 mi (2,333 km) long, draining a part of the arid regions on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. ...


The San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forest cover a large portion of the San Juan Mountains. The Uncompahgre National Forest covers over 1,000,000 acres in Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties in Western Colorado, and borders the San Juan National Forest to the south. ...

360o panorama of the southwestern San Juans, photographed from the Gold Hill Ridge of the Telluride Ski Resort. Ridgeline annotation indicates the names and elevations of 43 visible peaks.
360o panorama of the southwestern San Juans, photographed from the Gold Hill Ridge of the Telluride Ski Resort. Ridgeline annotation indicates the names and elevations of 43 visible peaks.

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (7785x1346, 5594 KB) Summary Telluride/San Juan Panorama Taken by me user Debivort December 2005. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (7785x1346, 5594 KB) Summary Telluride/San Juan Panorama Taken by me user Debivort December 2005. ... Old Town Telluride Telluride is a town located in San Miguel County in southwestern Colorado on the San Miguel River on the west side of the San Juan Mountains. ...

Fourteeners

The San Juan Mountains are home to several fourteeners, peaks rising more that 14,000 feet (4,267m) above sea level. In mountaineering, a fourteener is a mountain that exceeds 14,000 feet (4,267. ...

  • Uncompahgre Peak 14,309 ft. (4361 m)
  • Mt. Wilson 14,246 ft. (4342 m)
  • El Diente Peak 14,159 ft. (4315 m)
  • Mt. Sneffels 14,150 ft. (4312 m)
  • Mt. Eolus 14,083 ft. (4292 m)
  • Windom Peak 14,082 ft. (4292 m)
  • Sunlight Peak 14,059 ft. (4285 m)
  • Handies Peak 14,048 ft. (4281 m)
  • Redcloud Peak 14,034 ft. (4277 m)
  • Wilson Peak 14,017 ft. (4272 m)
  • Wetterhorn Peak 14,015 ft. (4271 m)
  • San Luis Peak 14,014 ft. (4271 m)
  • Sunshine Peak 14,001 ft. (4267 m)

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San Juan Mountains - definition of San Juan Mountains in Encyclopedia (346 words)
The San Juan Mountains are a rugged mountain range in southwestern Colorado.
Mining is now uneconomical in the region, the last holdouts being the Standard Metals operation on Red Mountain Pass which operated until late in the 20th century and the ill-fated Summitville mine on the eastern slope of the San Juans.
The other side of the San Juans, the western slope of the continental divide, is drained by tributaries of the San Juan, Dolores and Gunnison rivers which all flow into the Colorado River.
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