A saddle is a smooth, swaybacked ridge connecting the summits of two higher elevations; also known as a col. A saddle marks the low point on the crest of a divide between two watersheds that trickle down in opposite directions. It can also be described as a broad, flat gap or pass, sloping gently on both sides, the shape of a saddle sitting on the back of a horse. A well-defined saddle stretches between the twin summits of the Spanish Peaks, located in south-central Colorado southwest of the town of Walsenburg. Ute Indians call the peaks Wah-to-yah, “Breasts of the World,” because of their resemblance to the torso of a headless woman with prominent breasts lying on her back at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The saddle between the peaks is known colloquially by locals as “the cleavage.”

Conger Beasley, Jr.