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Peak One - Tenmile Range, Frisco, Colorado

Photo by Paul Winters
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   As early 1800s explorers pushed across the Midwestern plains, a western mirage appeared along the horizon, an ever-present line of dark blue clouds. After a week of travel it became evident that these clouds never moved. It would be discovered that the clouds were actually the majestic Rocky Mountains, proving to be one of the greatest obstacles to thousands of pioneers to follow.
   Today, the Colorado Rockies are divided into five major groups. It was the Front Range that created Zebulon Pike's first mysterious vision, followed by the Continental Divide ranges and the Sawatch. To the south lie the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges.
   This enchanting winter scene was found along Swan Mountain Road, when an early snowfall covered the Tenmile Range. Peak One, rising up in the background, is part of the Tenmile Range. Nearby the town of Frisco, Tenmile is an extension of the Mosquito Range, and part of a chain of mountain ranges which creates the Continental Divide. Peak One through Peak Ten, plain-Jane names for a close-knit cluster of Tenmile Mountains, top out at 14,265 feet. Perhaps 19th century miners lack a little imagination, or were more focused on precious metals, rather than dreaming up interesting mountain names.

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