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Needle Mountains

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointWindom Peak (14,087 ft/4294 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesColorado
Area728 sq mi / 1,886 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent52 mi / 83 km North-South
21 mi / 34 km East-West
Center Lat/Long37° 22' N; 107° 42' W
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Map of Needle Mountains
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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 Needle Mountains.
San Juan MountainsLevel 4 (Parent)
         San Miguel MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         West-Central San Juan MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         North-Central San Juan MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         La Plata MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Needle MountainsLevel 5
                 West Needle MountainsLevel 6 (Child)
         East-Central San Juan MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         La Garita MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Southern San Juan MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Tusas MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Needle Mountains

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange6
1.Windom Peak14,0874294 
2.Mount Eolus14,0844293 
3.Sunlight Peak14,0594285 
4.Sunlight Spire13,9954266 
5.Pigeon Peak13,9724259 
6.Vestal Peak13,8644226 
7.Turret Peak13,8354217 
8.Jupiter Mountain13,8304215 
9.Jagged Mountain13,8244214 
10.Trinity Peaks13,8054208 
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 NameftmRange6
1.Twilight Peak13,1584011West Needle Mountains



Photos of Peaks in the Needle Mountains

Mount Eolus
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First 14er! Mount Eolus summit at 14084' and climbed on 2020-08-22. Solo climb, but I met a guy from England on top who lent me his sign and took my pic. (2020-08-22). Photo by Ryan Palmer.
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Vestal Peak
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Vestal Peak featuring Wham Ridge (1985-07-14). Photo by Chris Earle.
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Trinity Peaks
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From NW. Left to right: East Peak, Middle (main) Peak, West Peak (2007-06). Photo by John Morrow.
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Arrow Peak
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Arrow from Vestal. Nice Cl 3 route along ledge with long line of snow (2007-06-28). Photo by John Morrow.
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Trinity Peaks-West Peak
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From NW. Left to right: East Peak, Middle (main) Peak, West Peak (2007-06). Photo by John Morrow.
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Trinity Peaks-East Peak
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From NW. Left to right: East Peak, Middle (main) Peak, West Peak (2007-06). Photo by John Morrow.
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