The San Juan Mountains have a diverse geology from tilted sedimentary rock to violent and massive calderas. The unique events that gave rise to the various sub-ranges of the San Juan Mountains results in distinct peaks across the range.  From the folded quartzite of the Grenadiers  to the jagged volcanic ridge lines of Telluride. The ancient volcanics has also given rise to mineral rich water meeting the Earth's surface through fractures in the rock resulting in the rapid oxidation of iron and the San Juan's rich red colors. 

From the granitic bone of the Sierra Nevada to the string of Stratovolcanoes of the Cascades to the Laramide Orogeny pushing the Rocky Mountain Front skyward, the mountain landscapes of the west are easy to love. They are dramatic, serene, jagged, and inviting all at once. 


~ Mountains 

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