West Elk Mountains
The West Elk Mountains are a high mountain range in the west-central part of the U.S. state of Colorado. They lie primarily within the Gunnison National Forest, and part of the range is protected as the West Elk Wilderness. The range is primarily located in Gunnison County, with small parts in eastern Delta and Montrose counties.
The West Elks are surrounded by tributaries of the Gunnison River. The range is bounded on the north by the North Fork of the Gunnison and on the east by the East River, another tributary of the Gunnison. On the south and west it is contiguous with Black Mesa and Fruitland Mesa, both part of the uplift in which sits the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. On the northeast it is contiguous with the Elk Mountains, being separated from them by Anthracite Creek and Coal Creek. Nearby towns include Gunnison, Paonia, and the ski resort of Crested Butte.
|1||West Elk Peak NGS PB||
|2||Mount Gunnison NGS PB||
|3||Whetstone Mountain NGS PB||
|4||East Beckwith Mountain NGS PB||
|5||Anthracite Peak NGS PB||
|6||Carbon Peak NGS PB||
|7||Mount Guero NGS PB||
|8||Marcellina Mountain PB||
- West Elk Mountains on peakbagger.com
- Topographic map from USGS The National Map
- Geology of the Elk Mountains
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: West Elk Mountains
- West Elk Mountains on TopoQuest