The long-standing peaceful relationship with the Ute Nation is also recognized.
There are numerous lakes on the mountain and many of them have lodges on their shores. Some lodges are strictly summer operations, but some are open all year. Those open in the winter need snow clearing equipment to combat the 35 feet of average annual snowfall.
Frozen lakes show tracks from snowmobiles and skis, both popular among winter visitors.
The absence of trees is a sure sign of an avalanche area, also indicated by the crossbar used to close the road after an avalanche.