Sangre de Cristo Mountains


Sangre de Cristo Mountains
Sangre de Cristo Mountains [saŋ′grē də kris′tō]
Sp, lit., blood of Christ
range of the Rocky Mountains, in S Colo. & N N.Mex.: highest point, BLANCA PEAK

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Segment of the southern Rocky Mountains.

The mountains extend southeast for about 250 mi (400 km) from south-central Colorado to north-central New Mexico. Many of the peaks exceed 14,000 ft (4,300 m); Blanca Peak, at 14,345 ft (4,372 m), is the highest. Tourism and mining are the main economic activities.

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▪ mountains, United States
      segment of the southern Rocky Mountains, extending south-southeastward for about 250 miles (400 km) from Poncha Pass, in south-central Colorado, U.S., to the low divide southwest of Las Vegas, N.M., in north-central New Mexico. Usually considered an extension of the Front Range (q.v.), they are divided into the Culebra and Sangre de Cristo ranges in Colorado. Many of their glaciated summits surpass 14,000 feet (4,300 m), including Kit Carson, Crestone, and Humboldt, with Blanca Peak (14,345 feet [4,372 m]) being the highest. The southern portion culminates at Wheeler Peak (13,161 feet [4,011 m]), New Mexico's highest point.

      The mountains were named in 1719 by the Spanish explorer Antonio Valverde y Cosio, who, impressed at sunrise by the red-tinted, snowy peaks, supposedly uttered a fervent “Sangre de Cristo” (“Blood of Christ”). Headstreams of the Pecos and Canadian rivers originate within the range, which is embraced by San Isabel, Rio Grande, Carson, and Santa Fe national forests and includes the Great Sand Dunes (Colorado) and Pecos (New Mexico) national monuments. Tourism and mining are the main economic activities.

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