Elk Mountain (Routt County, Colorado)

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Elk Mountain
The Sleeping Giant
Elk Mountain (Routt County, Colorado).JPG
The mountain as seen from Routt County Road 129.
Highest point
Elevation 2,660 m (8,730 ft) [1]
Prominence 507 m (1,663 ft) [2]
Isolation 20.55 km (12.77 mi) [2]
Coordinates 40°34′09″N 106°58′06″W / 40.56917°N 106.96833°W / 40.56917; -106.96833Coordinates: 40°34′09″N 106°58′06″W / 40.56917°N 106.96833°W / 40.56917; -106.96833
Parent range Elkhead Mountains
Topo map Mad Creek

Elk Mountain is a summit in Routt County, Colorado. The mountain lies to the northwest of Steamboat Springs and is easily seen from the city, especially from along Lincoln Avenue (U.S. Route 40), Steamboat's main street. The mountain is also easily seen from Mount Werner, the home of the Steamboat Ski Resort.

The Elk River flows near the mountain just before its confluence with the Yampa River in the Yampa Valley.

Legends and names[edit]

Locals refer to the mountain as "The Sleeping Giant," due to its resemblance to the profile of a prone person at sleep when viewed from Mount Werner or Steamboat Springs, and have created legends to explain this appearance.[3] [4] [5]

There are at least six other summits also named Elk Mountain in Colorado. This Elk Mountain in Routt County is not part of the Elk Mountains in West Central Colorado. Instead, it is one of the easternmost peaks in the Elkhead Mountains.


  1. ^ "Elk Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b "Elk Mountain, Colorado". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ Visit Steamboat. The Legend of the Sleeping Giant. Viewed September 9, 2016.
  4. ^ Steamboat Blog, Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce. The Legend of the Sleeping Giant. Viewed October 2, 2017.
  5. ^ summitpost.org The Sleeping Giant (Elk Mountain). Viewed October 2, 2017.