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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.Northeast Crestone14,240+4340+Northern Sangre de Cristo Range
4.Crestone Needle14,1974327Northern Sangre de Cristo Range
5.Kit Carson Mountain14,1654317Northern Sangre de Cristo Range
6.Humboldt Peak14,0644287Northern Sangre de Cristo Range
7.Culebra Peak14,0474282Culebra Range
8.Ellingwood Point14,0424280Sierra Blanca
9.Mount Lindsey14,0424280Sierra Blanca
10.Little Bear Peak14,0374278Sierra Blanca
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.
Twin Peaks
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From Twin Peaks, one sees CO 14ers Ellingwood Point foreground,and Blanca Peak and Lindsey in the background (2014-08-10). Photo by William Musser.
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Comanche Peak
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The peak as seen from Comanche Lake (2002-09-14). Photo by Max Rees.
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Wheeler Peak

The summit of Wheeler Peak from above La Cal Basin (1989-05-09).
Truchas Peak
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The Truchas Peaks, second highest range in New Mexico. Taken south of the Truchas Peaks (2008-10-10). Photo by Phil Robinson.
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Peak 12880
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Unnamed Peak 12,900 is the tallest background peak in this photo of the New Mexico wilderness (2010-07-17). Photo by Phil Robinson.
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Peak 12819
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Unnamed Peak 12819 in the Sangre de Cristo Range of New Mexico, from near Williams Lake (2008-09-21). Photo by Phil Robinson.
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Vallecito Mountain
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Vallecito Peak in New Mexico, in the Sange de Cristo range near Taos (2008-08). Photo by Phil Robinson.
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Lake Peak
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Fall colors on well-named Aspen Peak, New Mexico. Taken from near Lake Peak (2008-10-10). Photo by Phil Robinson.
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Deception Peak
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Deception Peak, one of the high 12,000 foot peaks of northern New Mexico (2008-10-10). Photo by Phil Robinson.
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