Call Of The Mountains

Chiseled mountain peaks and sweeping valleys frame the views from Glacier, your home base within a dramatic western landscape that is like nowhere else on earth.

With altitudes around 14,000 feet, the San Juan Mountains’ 14 peaks are snow-dusted almost all year round. Lower elevations offer generous temperatures and seemingly endless opportunities to adventure and explore. Miles of hiking and cycling trails wind through the mountains. Back roads lay the path for four-wheeling and dirt-biking excursions. Rock climbing and bouldering are also popular here. The Telluride Via Ferrata, or “Iron Road,” is a protected climbing route that invites even inexpert hikers to experience the thrill of high-altitude climbing with the protection of cables and iron rungs lodged in the mountain rock. And this area is home to the famed Colorado Trail, which sets the scene for incredible backpacking treks—from high desert to high alpine in a matter of hours.

The greater San Juan National Forest spreads across 1,878,846 acres of western Colorado, encompassing the southern side of the San Juan Mountains west of the Continental Divide. Recognizing the unique splendor of the area, President Theodore Roosevelt designated it a National Forest in 1905. Lying within the San Juan National Forest is the Weminuche Wilderness, known for rugged terrain, the Animas River Gorge, jagged Needle Mountain Peak, and spectacular alpine valleys.

West of Glacier, Mesa Verde National Park is a U.S. National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spanish for “green table,” Mesa Verde offers a glimpse into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made this spectacular land their home for over 700 years. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. Other fascinating ancestral sites, including Hovenweep National Monument, Chaco Canyon, and Chimney Rock, are remarkably easy to reach from your home at Glacier.