Colorado's majestic 14,000-foot-peaks ("14ers") are iconic, popular sentinels. While they are extremely popular recreation sites, Colorado's 14ers represent more than recreational "peak bagging." The mountains also hold generations of historical and cultural significance—residents and visitors alike dream of seeing or experiencing 14ers.
The landscapes that 14ers create are unparalleled and attract visitors worldwide to Colorado, contributing to small Colorado communities' economic viability and inspiring stories that span generations. Colorado communities like Salida, Buena Vista, Leadville, Alma, Lake City, Estes Park, and Breckenridge are connected in many ways to the 14ers surrounding them. The peaks provide views, nature, inspiration, exercise, solace, water, and wildlife.