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The '''Spanish Peaks''' are a pair of volcanic mountains located in southwestern [[Huerfano County, Colorado|Huerfano County]], [[Colorado]]. The Ute indians named them Huajatolla (pronounced Wa-ha-toy-a), meaning "two breasts". The Spanish name translates as "Breasts of the Earth". 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]], the Spanish Peaks were designated a [[National Natural Landmark]] in 1976 as one of the best known examples of igneous [[dike (geology)|dikes]].
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, Colorado|Alamosa]] (85 miles), points south to [[Raton, New Mexico]] (65 miles), and points east of Trinidad (up to 15 miles).
*[[Colorado mountain ranges]]
*[[Geography of Colorado]]
*[[Sangre de Cristo Mountains]]
*[[Spanish Peaks Wilderness]]
*[[List of National Natural Landmarks in Colorado]]
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