The Vasquez Mountains are an indistinct subrange of Colorado's Front Range
. The Vasquez Mountains extend west of U.S. 40 near Berthoud Pass and the Fraser River Valley & north of Woods Creek east of the Continental Divide to the Williams Fork on the west and then north to the Colorado River near Hot Sulphur Springs, they are a small L shaped range. The summits of the Vasquez Mountains are generally in the twelve thousand foot range. Although the terrain of these mountains consists of much rolling tundra; glaciation has carved some impressive cirques in the eastern aspects of many of the ridges and mountains in the area. The Vasquez Mountains are home to two of Colorado's wilderness areas: the Vasquez Peak Wilderness in the south and the Byers Peak Wilderness in the north. The intervening Fraser Experimental Forest lends a deep wilderness feel to these mountains as the forest separates the summits from civilization with a thick blanket of Engleman Spruce and Lodgepole Pine.
Although less dramatic then the nearby Indian Peaks
and Gore Range
, which offer superb vantages, the Vasquez Mountains offer a quiet and intimate mountain experience. An extensive trail system offers excellent access to these mountains: The Continental Divide Trail follows the southern slopes of these mountains, the Mount Nystrom Trail enters the heart of the Vasquez Peak Wilderness, and the St. Louis Divide Trail links the Byers Peak Wilderness with the Vasquez Peak Wilderness.
ListRanked peaks have at least 300 feet of interpolated prominence. Summitpost links are provided when available. When unavailable, Lists of John links are provided.
External LinksMap of Vasquez Mountains
List of Vasquez Mountains
Lists of John Member Progress