Spanish Peaks is one of the most spectacular examples of exposed igneous dikes. It’s situated in the San Isabel National Forest, west of Trinidad.
Designated in 1976, this natural landmark engulfs an enormous 37,678 acres. Parts of it are located on both federal and private land, so watch for signs when visiting. West Spanish Peak is the higher of the two, rising to 13,626 feet of elevation and 12,683 feet for East Spanish Peak.
National Natural Landmark
These unique dikes are produced when volcanic material is crammed into fractures and faults, before it hardens. More than five hundred dikes are thought to reside in this national natural landmark.
Spanish Peaks is also a designated national wilderness area in Colorado, offers a plethora of outdoor recreation.
Address: near Trinidad, CO
West Spanish Peak Elevation: 13,626 feet (4,153 meters)
East Spanish Peak: 12,683 feet (3,866 meters)
Ownership: Federal & Private