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Cimarron Ridge
Cimarron Range in Sep 2014.jpg
Part of the ridge as viewed from the west
Highest point
Elevation 3,710 m (12,170 ft)
Cimarron Ridge is located in Colorado
Cimarron Ridge
Cimarron Ridge
Location in Colorado
Location Southwestern Colorado
Parent range San Juan Mountains
Topo map USGS Courthouse Mountain
Washboard Rock
Buckhorn Lakes
Mountain type Ridge

Cimarron Ridge is a ridge in the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado. The ridge runs north-south and occupies parts of Gunnison, Montrose, Ouray, and Hinsdale counties. The ridge parallels U.S. Highway 550, and parts of the ridge can be seen from points along the highway.

Prominent peaks

Chimney Rock Cimarron Ridge Sunset
Sunset at Chimney Rock, Colorado, in autumn

Peaks along the ridge include Courthouse Mountain, elevation 12,172 ft (3,710 m), and Chimney Rock, elevation 10,958 ft (3,340 m). Chimney Rock is known for appearing in the 1969 western motion picture True Grit and is considered among the most difficult peaks to climb in Colorado.


The ridge is made up of green and gray tuff breccia and is the "erosional remains of a larger volcanic pile that surrounded several volcanoes."

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