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1MOUNTAIN RANGES Front Range Park Range San Juan-Most rugged in the contiguous USSangre de Cristo-”Blood of Christ”Sawatch
2Park RangeMOUNTAIN RANGESFront RangeSawatchSan JuansSangre de Christo
3Front RangeA mountain range of the Rocky Mountains that is located in the north-central portion of Colorado.The Front Range is so named because, moving west along the 40th parallel north across the Great Plains of North America, it is the first mountain range encountered.The name "Front Range" is also applied to the Front Range Urban Corridor, the populated region of Colorado and Wyoming just east of the mountain range and extending from Pueblo north to Cheyenne, Wyoming.
4Park RangeA mountain range in the Rocky Mountains of northwestern Colorado.The range forms a relatively isolated part of the continental divide, extending north-to-south for approximately 40 miles along the boundary between Jackson (east) and Routt counties.
5San Juan A rugged mountain range in southwestern Colorado. The area is highly mineralized (the Colorado Mineral Belt) and figured in the gold and silver mining industry of early Colorado.
6Sangre de Christo Spanish for "Blood of Christ" the southernmost sub range of the Rocky Mountainslocated in northern New Mexico and southern ColoradoThe name is said to come from the red color of the range at some sunrises and sunsets, especially when the mountains are covered with snow, alpenglow.
7Sawatch In central Colorado Includes eight of the twenty highest peaks in the Rocky MountainsIncludes Mount Elbert, at 14,440 feet elevation, the highest peak in the Rockies.
8RIVERS Colorado Arkansas Platte Rio Grande Gunnison More rivers begin in Colorado than in any other state
9Platte RiverRIVERSColorado RiverGunnison RiverArkansas RiverRio Grande River
10Colorado River a river in the southwestern United States approximately 1,450 mi longdraining a part of the arid regions on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains.The natural course of the river flows into the Gulf of California
11Arkansas River A major tributary of the Mississippi River. traverses the U.S. states of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and ArkansasAt 1,469 miles (2,364 km) it is the sixth longest river in the United States, the second-longest tributary in the Mississippi-Missouri systemIts origin is in the Rocky Mountains in Lake County, Colorado, near Leadville, and its outlet is at Napoleon, Arkansas.
13Rio GrandeKnown as the Rio Grande in the United States and as the Río Bravo in Mexico,1,885 miles longthe fourth longest river system in the United Statesserves as a natural boundary along the border between the U.S. and Mexico
14Gunnison A tributary of the Colorado River approximately 180 mi long the fifth largest tributary of the Colorado River
15MOUNTAIN PARKS Were at one time lakes Elevation between 7,000 and 8,000 feet; too high for tended agriculture so people make a living with grazingAll are centrally located
16MOUNTAIN PARKS North Park-Walden Middle Park-Granby, Kremling and FrazierSouth Park-FairplaySan Luis Valley-Alamosa and Monte Vista; has some tended agriculture
17North ParkMiddle ParkMOUNTAIN PARKSSouth ParkSan Luis Valley
22Colorado Piedmontthe geologic term for an area along the base of the foothills of the Front Range in north central Colorado.The region consists of a broad hilly valley, just under 5000 ft in elevation, stretching north and northeast from Denver, as well as southward from Colorado Springs.The region includes much of the populated and cultivated area of Colorado.
23Continental DivideThe largely mountainous, hydrological divide of the Americas that separates the watersheds that drain into the Pacific Ocean from:1) those river systems which drain into the Atlantic Ocean2) along the northernmost reaches of the Divide, those river systems which drain into the Arctic Ocean
25COLORADO GEOGRAPHY The state divides itself into three parts: - Eastern Plains- Mountains- Western Slope
26EASTERN PLAINS An extension of the Great Plains Gradual incline from the Eastern borderComes to an imaginary line where the cities of Fort Collins, Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo are locatedNot much rainfall; windy spring, dust storms, heat and summer drought
29Called “The Great American Desert” by early visitors who were used to the green of the Eastern United StatesNative grasses grown here-good for grazingNative animals would be buffalo and antelopeColorado Piedmont-Center of population, education and industry
32MOUNTAINS 54 mountains are over 14,000 feet 79% of the 14ers in the contiguous US are in ColoradoCalled the “crest of the continent”Continental Divide is a ridge of mountains that divide the water flow from east to west; East to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico and west to the Pacific Ocean
33Some of Colorado’s 14’ers Pikes PeakMt EvansSome of Colorado’s 14’ersLongs Peak
35MOUNTAINSThe continental divide is called “the backbone of the Rockies”Rockies reach their highest and widest points in Colorado (in the contiguous US)Most impressive canyon is the Royal Gorge in Canyon City. At one point it is 30 feet wide and has a drop of 1200 feetTrappers first drawn here by beaversOther animals include grizzlies, black and brown bear, mule deer, big horn sheep and mountain lions
39WESTERN SLOPEContains some mountain towns-Ouray, Silverton, Telluride and AspenLast area to be settled in ColoradoFar west is semi-arid and at times almost desert-likeUnique geographic features are mesas and plateausLargest mesa is Grand MesaPart of Colorado Plateau
41Mesa Verde is located in the southwestern portion of this area Black Canyon of the Gunnison is located here (near Montrose). Walls extend to 2425 ft. This was recently made into a national parkNorthwest Colorado was the last to be settledFour Corners located here-Colo., NM, Arizona and Utah