Five Highest Mountains in Colorado

These are highest mountains located in the state of Colorado. There are 53 mountains in Colorado that are over 14,000 feet in height, so the state is well known for its mountains. There are more 14,000 plus foot high mountain peaks in Colorado than any ot

The five highest mountains located in the state of Colorado. I have personally seen all five of these mountains, though I have never climbed one of them. The tallest mountain I have ever climbed in Colorado is 14,259 foot high Longs Peak located in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Climbing a 14,000 foot high mountain is a lot of fun, but is not that easy. I went up the Keyhole route, and got pelted by marble sized hail along the way. The weather on top of these highest mountains in Colorado in the Rocky Mountains can change on a dime, creating hazards for anyone hiking or climbing to the top. But the views from the top are so spectacular it's worth the moderate risk for most.

Five Highest Mountains in Colorado

1. Mount Elbert - 14,440 feet

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Mount Elbert is the highest mountain in Colorado with a height of 14,440 feet. It is also the second highest mountain in the Lower 48 States in the United States, trailing only Mount Whitney in California.

Mount Elbert is located only about 10 miles southwest of Leadville, Colorado, which is the third highest elevation town or city in the United States. Mount Elbert was named for Samuel Hitt Elbert, who was Governor of the Colorado Territory from 1873-1874, and also Supreme Court Chief Justice of Colorado from 1879-1883. 

2. Mount Massive- 14,428

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Located not far from Mount Elbert is the second highest mountain in Colorado, Mount Massive at 14,428 feet in height. Mount Massive is only 12 feet shorter than Mount Elbert, and it is the third tallest mountain in the Lower 48 States. 

3. Mount Harvard- 14,421

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Mount Harvard is the third highest mountain in Colorado with a height of 14,421 feet. It is just seven feet shorter than Mount Massive, and 19 feet shorter than Mount Elbert. Mount Harvard was named for the Ivy League college Harvard in 1869 by a mining school class from Harvard that visited the mountain. Mount Harvard is located about 20 miles south of Leadville, Colorado.

4. Blanca Peak- 14,357

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Blanca Peak is the fourth highest mountain in Colorado with a height of 14,357 feet. Blanca Peak is located in southern Colorado, just south of Great Sand Dunes National Park. Blanca Peak is the only mountain on this list not located in the Leadville area in Colorado.

5. La Plata Peak- 14,336

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La Plata Peak is the fifth tallest mountain in Colorado with a height of 14,336 feet. Plata means silver in Spanish, and the mountain was named for the many silver deposits found in the area. La Plata Peak is located a few miles northwest of Mount Harvard, and maybe 20 miles southwest of Leadville.

For more see Highest Elevation Towns or Cities in the United States

Tallest Mountains in North America

Five Tallest Mountains in the World

National Parks in Colorado

Beautiful National Parks and Monuments in Colorado

Beautiful Castles in Colorado

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