Named after its most prominent feature, the pair of mountains at the heart of the wilderness, the Spanish Peaks Wilderness is a place of great geological and historical significance. The wilderness area is only around 19,000 acres wide and is contained entirely in Colorado. It is managed by the US Forest Service.
The Spanish Peaks are a pair of mountains differing only in elevation. The West Spanish Peak stands higher than the East Spanish peak at over 13,000 feet against the East’s roughly 12,700 feet. Still, the difference is virtually unnoticeable and most travelers simply view them as a pair at all times.
National Wilderness Area
Historically, the Spanish Peaks Wilderness is of great importance to Native American Indian tribes. In Native American languages and oral tradition, the Spanish Peaks Wilderness are often referred to as the breasts of the earth due to their shape. It was also believed that the peaks were a place of mystical significance to Native American Gods.
The Spanish Peaks Wilderness offer a wide variety of recreational activity but the most popular are undoubtedly mountain climbing, hiking and horseback riding. There are trails that lead to the summits of the mountains where hikers can enjoy the majestic view of the entire wilderness from the top.
Address: near Walsenburg, CO
Season: Year round