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Blanca Peak - 14,350 Feet

Blanca is the 4th highest peak in Colorado and towers over the San Luis Valley, in the southern, central portion of the state. This massive "valley" covers 8,000 square miles, with the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (Sangres) to the east and the San Juan Mountains to the west. If you visit Alamosa or Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, it doesn't matter which part of the state you drive from because once you reach the San Luis Valley, you'll be able to see the might Blanca Peak.

Climbing Blanca is no small feat. While the standard route has a trail almost all the way to the top, it still requires over 6,000 feet of elevation gain because the trailhead is quite low. Blanca is not a 14er you start out with — there are over 30 easier Colorado 14ers. When you do get to Blanca, be sure to include Blanca's little brother, Ellingwood Point but be careful of the dangerous Little Bear Peak.
  360° Panorama from the summit of Blanca Peak.
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Blanca, Ellingwood and Little Bear from Unnamed Point 13,577'
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Ellingwood, Blanca and Lindsey from Little Bear Peak.
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The Blanca Group from US 160, east of Alamosa.
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Lindsey, Blanca and Little Bear from Ellingwood Point.
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Blanca Peak seen from Ellingwood Point.
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During a hike to the Blanca summit.
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Ellingwood and Blanca from Little Bear Peak.
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Blanca and Ellingwood seen from Mt. Lindsey.
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Blanca and Ellingwood seen during a hike of Mt. Lindsey.
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Mt. Lindsey (left), Blanca Peak and Little Bear (right), seen from Ellingwood Point.
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The Blanca Group taken seen from the west.
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A close-up of Ellingwood, Blanca and Little Bear from the same area.
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Blanca from the south.
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Ellingwood, Blanca and Little Bear from the west.
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