Mountain Ranges & Summits

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May 28 2024

Mountain ranges in the USA have played an essential role in the country's history and culture. They have been important landmarks for travelers, sites of exploration and settlement, and sources of valuable natural resources. The country is home to several significant mountain ranges, including the Rocky Mountains, the Appalachian Mountains, and the Sierra Nevada.

The Rocky Mountains, stretching over 3,000 miles from Alaska to New Mexico, are one of the most iconic mountain ranges in the USA. The range includes several peaks of interest, such as Mount Elbert, the highest peak in Colorado, and Yellowstone National Park, which sits atop an active volcanic hotspot. The Rocky Mountains are also an essential source of water, providing water for millions of people and supporting agriculture, industry, and recreation. Similarly, the Appalachian Mountains, stretching over 1,500 miles from Newfoundland to Alabama, have played a crucial role in the country's history and culture, providing natural resources such as timber, coal, and iron. The Appalachian Mountains are also an important source of water, providing drinking water for millions of people and supporting aquatic ecosystems.

Lastly, the Sierra Nevada mountain range, located in California, is home to several iconic peaks, such as Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous United States. The Sierra Nevada is also an important source of water for the state, providing water for irrigation, hydropower, and municipal uses. The range is also home to several national parks, including Yosemite National Park and Sequoia National Park, which attract millions of visitors each year. The mountain ranges in the USA are vital to the country's economy, culture, and environment and are essential resources that must be managed sustainably for future generations.


Mountain Range Peaks Watersheds
Absaroka Range 5 3
Adirondacks 16 3
Alaska Range 17 8
Aleutian Range 3 2
Allegheny Mountains 4 4
Appalachian Mountains 91 49
Black Hills 5 4
Blue Ridge Mountains 26 16
Brooks Range 2 2
Cascade Range 307 35
Catskill Mountains 2 2
Central American Ranges 0 0
Central and Southern California Ranges 17 7
Central Appalachian Ridges 2 2
Central Colorado Ranges 11 4
Central Montana Rockies 32 9
Chugach Mountains 23 4
Colorado Plateau 17 5
Columbia Mountains 1 1
Columbia Plateau 14 9
Elk Range Area 15 3
Far Northern Rockies 1 1
Flat Tops Area 1 1
Front Range 30 8
Great Basin Ranges 17 13
Great Plains 3 3
Green Mountains 4 2
Idaho-Bitterroot Rockies 11 7
Intermountain West 70 42
Kenai Mountains 7 3
Longfellow Mountains 5 3
Midwest-Great Lakes Area 3 3
New England Upland 5 4
North American Plains 22 15
Northern Appalachian Ridges 5 5
Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges 3 2
Olympic Mountains 25 4
Ozark Highlands 1 1
Pacific Ranges 436 70
Rocky Mountains 236 78
Saint Elias Mountains 4 4
San Juan Mountains 20 8
Sangre de Cristo Range 28 11
Sawatch Range 24 4
Sierra Nevada 77 17
Southern Appalachian Ridges 5 4
Southern Wyoming Ranges 1 1
Southwest Basins and Ranges 18 12
Talkeetna Mountains 3 2
Teton Range - Yellowstone Area 13 6
Uinta Range 6 4
Wasatch Range 17 7
White Mountains 18 3
Wind River Range 6 3
Wrangell Mountains 6 2
Alaska/Yukon Ranges 73 25

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