Check Out These Teeth!! The Idaho Sawtooth Mountain Range
Idaho residents and visitors alike marvel at the spectacular profile of the mountains rising up from the horizon. There is nothing quite like a morning in the mountains when the air is fresh and the cool breeze in the tree-tops carries the scent of pine. The Sawtooth Mountain Range stretches as far as the eye can see.
The Beginning of the Rockies and the Sawtooth Mountain Range
Periods of mountain building are called orogenies. Two orogenies are responsible for the formation of the Rockies and the Sawtooth Mountain Range. The mountains were formed when plate tectonics caused the Pacific Plate to collide with the North American Plate. As the Pacific Plate continued its movement, crust was forced toward the earth’s core by the North American Plate. The Pacific Plate contained two landmasses called Terranes. The first Terrane collided and joined with North America 175 million years ago, triggering the Columbia Orogeny and forcing masses of rock to crack and fold over other rocks, resulting in the formation of the Rockies. The second Terrane collided 85 million years ago causing the Laramie Orogeny to form the front range and foothills. The Sawtooth Range began when a long ridge of mountains composed of vertical layers eroded into a jagged ridge that resembled the blade of a saw.
Idahoans, especially those in nearby Stanley, have the opportunity to live just a bit closer to nature. Area residents have unmatched access to a pristine Idaho in the form of the Sawtooth Range which encompass an area of 678 square miles of the Sawtooth Wilderness and touches four counties: Custer, Boise, Blaine and Elmore. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency the Sawtooth Wilderness has the best air quality in the lower forty-eight states.
The Sawtooth National Recreation Area