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The Spanish Peaks are a pair of volcanic mountains located in southwestern Huerfano County, Colorado. The two peaks, West Spanish Peak and East Spanish Peak, are the easternmost outliers of the otherwise non-volcanic Culebra Range of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Formed by a massive igneous intrusion during the Tertiary period[1], the Spanish Peaks were designated a National Natural Landmark in 1976 as one of the best known examples of igneous dikes[2].

They were an important landmark on the Santa Fe Trail. The mountains can be seen as far north as Colorado Springs (133 miles), as far west as Alamosa (85 miles), points south to Raton, New Mexico (65 miles), and points east of Trinidad (up to 15 miles).

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References

  1. ^ Chronic, Halka (1998). Roadside Geology of Colorado. Mountain Press Publishing Company. p. 36. ISBN 0-87842-105-X. 
  2. ^ "National Registry of Natural Landmarks". National Park Service. June 2009. http://www.nature.nps.gov/nnl/pdf/RevisedRegistryJune2009.pdf. 

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