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Sangre de Cristo Range

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointBlanca Peak (14,345 ft/4372 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesNew Mexico (61%), Colorado (39%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area17,193 sq mi / 44,530 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent242 mi / 389 km North-South
120 mi / 194 km East-West
Center Lat/Long36° 46' N; 105° 17' W
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Map of Sangre de Cristo Range
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Sangre de Cristo Range.
Southern Rocky MountainsLevel 3 (Parent)
         Park RangeLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Southern Wyoming RangesLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Flat Tops AreaLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Front RangeLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Elk Range AreaLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Sawatch RangeLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Central Colorado RangesLevel 4 (Sibling)
         San Juan MountainsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Sangre de Cristo RangeLevel 4
                 Northern Sangre de Cristo RangeLevel 5 (Child)
                 Wet MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Sierra BlancaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Culebra RangeLevel 5 (Child)
                 Taos MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Cimarron RangeLevel 5 (Child)
                 Central Sangre de Cristo Range of NMLevel 5 (Child)
                 Santa Fe MountainsLevel 5 (Child)



Major Peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Range

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.Blanca Peak14,3454372Sierra Blanca
2.Crestone Peak14,2944357Northern Sangre de Cristo Range
3.Crestone Needle14,1974327Northern Sangre de Cristo Range
4.Kit Carson Mountain14,1654317Northern Sangre de Cristo Range
5.Humboldt Peak14,0644287Northern Sangre de Cristo Range
6.Culebra Peak14,0474282Culebra Range
7.Mount Lindsey14,0424280Sierra Blanca
8.Ellingwood Point14,0424280Sierra Blanca
9.Little Bear Peak14,0374278Sierra Blanca
10.Kitty Kat Carson13,960+4255+Northern Sangre de Cristo Range
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.Blanca Peak14,3454372Sierra Blanca
2.Crestone Peak14,2944357Northern Sangre de Cristo Range
3.Culebra Peak14,0474282Culebra Range
4.Wheeler Peak13,1614011Taos Mountains
5.Truchas Peak13,1023993Santa Fe Mountains
6.Baldy Mountain12,4413792Cimarron Range
7.Greenhorn Mountain12,3473763Wet Mountains
8.Cerro Vista11,9393639Central Sangre de Cristo Range of NM



Photos of Peaks in the Sangre de Cristo Range

Blanca Peak

Blanca Peak lords over the open expanses of the San Luis Valley.
Crestone Peak
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Crestone Peak (1984-09-10). Photo by John Vitz.
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Crestone Peak-East Peak
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Standing on the summit of East Crestone, viewed from Crestone (2016-07-23). Photo by Andrew Karr.
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Crestone Needle
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Crestone Needle (1984-09-10). Photo by John Vitz.
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Kit Carson Mountain
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Kit Carson as viewed from slopes of Challenger (2017-09-16). Photo by Eli Boardman.
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Challenger Point
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Challenger from Kit Carson (2017-09-16). Photo by Eli Boardman.
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Humboldt Peak
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Humboldt from Broken Hand Pass (2018-07-15). Photo by Jeremy McGuire.
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Culebra Peak
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Winter ascent (2017-03-11). Photo by Eli Boardman.
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Ellingwood Point
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Solo winter Blanca / Ellingwood combo (2018-01-13). Photo by Eli Boardman.
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Mount Lindsey
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Early morning on Lindsey (2017-07-01). Photo by Eli Boardman.
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