Sawatch Range

Range of the Rocky Mountains, central Colorado, U.S. It is 100 mi (160 km) long and is bounded by the Arkansas River and the Elk Mountains.

Its middle portion, with Mounts Yale, Harvard, and Princeton, is usually called the Collegiate Range. Many summits exceed 14,000 ft (4,300 m), including Mount Elbert (14,433 ft [4,399 m]), the highest point in the Rockies. The discovery of gold in 1860 attracted settlers to the region. Ranching, dairying, and tourism are the main industries today.

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▪ mountains, Colorado, United States
      segment of the southern Rocky Mountains in central Colorado, U.S., extending southeastward for 100 miles (160 km) from the Eagle River to the city of Saguache (a variant spelling of Sawatch). Bounded by the Arkansas River (east) and the Elk Mountains (west), its middle portion is usually called the Collegiate Range, with Mounts Yale, Harvard, and Princeton. These and many other summits exceed 14,000 feet (4,300 metres), including Mount Elbert (Elbert, Mount) (14,433 feet [4,399 metres]; highest point in Colorado and the American Rockies), Grizzly Mountain, Shavano and La Plata peaks, and Mounts Antero and Massive. Mount of the Holy Cross (13,986 feet [4,263 metres]) is known for a unique formation near its peak, comprising snow-filled crevices shaped like a huge cross more than 1,000 feet (305 metres) long with 375-foot (114-metre) arms. Highways traverse Independence (12,093 feet [3,686 metres]) and Monarch (11,312 feet [3,448 metres]) passes; the Busk-Ivanhoe (rail and road) and Twin Lakes (water-diversion) tunnels also serve the area.

      Discovery of gold (1860) and lead with a high silver content (1877) attracted settlers to the region; ranching, dairying, and the tourist industry (based on year-round outdoor sporting activities) are now the economic mainstays. Embraced by the White River and San Isabel national forests, the mountains are the source of the Arkansas River. The name Sawatch is derived from a Ute Indian word meaning “blue-earth spring.”

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