Mesa east of Durango, facing north. It's just outside Pagosa Springs.

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The Gunnison etched a vast, deep canyon into the Mesa over millions of years. It is called the Black Canyon because, at best, sunlight reaches its bottom for only 32 minutes a day. The local Native Americans avoided it out of superstition.

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The Collegiate Range, the second range just west of Colorado's Front Range. While the latter contains Pike's Peak is home to four 14'ers, the Collegiate Peaks rise off the valley between them with a line of 9 14'ers and another six 13'ers. It is an incredible sight of one massif after another, a wall of incredible peaks. Coming upon them going east after Monarch Pass takes the breath away. They are also home to the Continental Divide Trail.

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