The Gore Range is one of the most under-appreciated set of mountains in the state, though it is surrounded by a number of mountain towns including Vail and Silverthorne. The lack of any fourteeners and the relative inaccessibility keeps the crowds away. I'll be honest, it intimidated me for the longest time. Don't let the negligible lack of elevation fool you; the Gore, along with the Needle Mountains in the San Juans are the two most rugged and beautiful mountain ranges Colorado has to offer. I'd give the Gores the title in the rugged department. A good portion of it would remind one of Washington's Cascades, though certainly less expansive and not as tall. The Gore Range is bounded by Rabbit Ears Pass to the north and Tenmile Creek along I-70 to the south. The main alpine section covers the southern portion while hill lands stretch to Rabbit Ears.