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Mount Oso - Things to Know Before Visiting

Mt Oso, Colorado 81122, USA

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About Mount Oso

Mount Oso is a high and prominent mountain summit in the San Juan Mountains range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 13,690-foot peak is located in the Weminuche Wilderness of San Juan National Forest, 30.8 miles northeast of the City of Durango in La Plata County, Colorado, United States.


Attractions Near Mount Oso

Jupiter Mountain
Jupiter Mountain8.68km from Mount Oso

Jupiter Mountain is Colorado's 92nd highest peak. Jupiter sits at the head of Needle Creek and shares the remote Chicago Basin with four fourteeners--South Mount Eolus, North Mount Eolus, Sunlight Peak and Windom Peak--so it is an often overlooked mountain by those who venture into Chicago Basin. Jupiter Mountain also boasts some fun snow climbing on the mountain's north side. As these routes are snow climbs, they are best done in winter or spring when there's good snowpack.

Windom Peak
Windom Peak8.8km from Mount Oso

Windom Peak is the 34th highest peak in Colorado and is part of a group of three fourteeners- Sunlight, Windom, and Eolus. The mountain was named in honor of Minnesota senator William Windom. It have a strong wilderness character; however they can be popular in summer.

Jagged Mountain
Jagged Mountain9.02km from Mount Oso

Jagged Mountain is one of the most popular destinations in San Juan County. The mountain is home to a variety of hiking trails, as well as a number of scenic overlooks. The summit of Jagged Mountain offers views of the nearby 14ers, including Mount Elbert and Mount Massive. In addition, the mountain is home to a variety of wildlife, including bighorn sheep and eagles. Jagged Mountain is accessible via a number of different trailheads, and there are also a number of camping options in the area.

Sunlight Peak
Sunlight Peak9.27km from Mount Oso

Sunlight Peak, the 39th highest, is one of three 14ers located deep in the rugged Needle Mountains of Southwestern Colorado. The standard route up Sunlight Peak is from the south, known as the "Red Couloir". It is a non-technical scramble, but achieving the top of the summit block does require an exposed rock climbing move.

Chicago Basin
Chicago Basin10.18km from Mount Oso

Chicago Basin in the northern part of La Plata County is undoubtedly one of the premier hiking areas in Colorado. It lies within the Weminuche Wilderness, part of the San Juan National Forest. The basin is a popular destination in summer for climbers and backpackers. The standard route of access to Chicago Basin is somewhat unusual.

Vallecito Lake
Vallecito Lake10.73km from Mount Oso

Vallecito Lake is a gorgeous lake located in San Juan county. It's a great place to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery. The lake is fed by the Vallecito River and is surrounded by mountains, forests, and meadows. There are plenty of activities to enjoy at Vallecito Lake, including fishing, swimming, hiking, and camping. The lake is also a popular destination for boating and kayaking.Whether you're looking for a place to enjoy some peace and quiet or an adventure-filled getaway.

Where is Mount Oso

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La Plata County
La Plata County
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La Plata County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. The county is home to Durango Rock Shelters Archeology Site, the type site for the Basketmaker II period of Anasazi culture.

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