NEWS FLASH! The formal request to rename the Gore Range to the Nuchu Range was submitted to the national USGS Board of Geographic Names in September 2020. Read the submitted request  HERE.
ESWA supports the Summit County Board of Commissioners, led by Chair Karn Stiegelmeier, who propose that the Gore Range be renamed. It is a two-step process – there is a push to remove Gore’s name – he was a totally undeserving brute – and a pull to replace it – perhaps with the English translation of an original Ute Indian name: Shining Mountains. Lord George Gore was a man who earned the deep animosity of both Native Americans and the US government, simultaneously. His cruel slaughter of countless game animals deprived the native population of a vital food supply, and his American host, the Superintendent of Indian Affairs, wrote, “George Gore… received from me a passport to travel through the Indian country in the spring of 1854; and… he greatly abused the privileges granted to him by a wanton destruction of the game upon which Indians rely solely for Support.” Even the plaque “honoring” Gore at the summit of Gore Pass notes, “More than 2,000 buffalo, 1,600 elk and deer, 100 bears were massacred for sport….” To top it off, Gore probably never ventured south of the Colorado River, in which case he never set foot in the core of the magnificent mountain range later named after him. These mountains lie in the heart of the homeland of the original inhabitants, the Ute Indians, whose stewardship preserved the area for thousands of years. They were known as The People of the Shining Mountains. We hope that you will support our campaign to convince the US Geological Survey to rename the range (just the range, not the Pass, Lake, Creek, or anything else). Scroll down to view COMMENTS; send us yours: (your email address will not be published).

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David Brewster (16 April 2018)
It is far better to be in favor of something than just against something. I think the Gore Range should be renamed if a more appropriate name can be found. The Gore Range has some historic value, perhaps as a lesson of what should not be done, and the name has been used for some time now. I personally don’t find The Shining Mountain Range to be a particularly compelling name since it historically refers to all the Rockies the Utes inhabited and it is a somewhat clumsy name. If this is a serious effort a first good step would be a conversation between interested and better informed historians than myself, not what appears to be a knee jerk “politically correct” reaction.

Jerry Kelly (21 November 2017)
Thanks, Karn for picking up the mantel to lead in the changing of the name of the Gore Range to Shining Mountain Range. Please continue to persevere and to gather more support to make it happen.

Joel & Mern Bitler (3 November 2017)
While we love ESWA, we do not support renaming of the Gore Range, Gore Trail, Gore Creek, Gore “Whatever”. There seems to be a big push on to rename some much, or demolish statues, in the USA because a few liberals want to change history they don’t like.

Bruce Field (22 October 2017)
I fully support the change of the Gore Mtn. range to any other name.
I can’t believe it was named after such an abusive killer and aristocratic fool. Does anyone know how this happened?
My suggestion would be to let the Ute People pick the names, then also systematically erase the Gore name from all maps where it may appear, ( example: Gore Range to another, Gore Pass to another, etc. )

Mary Bruno
Yes yes yes! Change the Gore (a man who created a lot of gore!) Range to Shining Mountains! It’s something tangible we can do to assuage what our forefathers did to the Ute.

Steve & Linda Ganby
Absolutely, we agree! Make it so! See a “Shining Mountain” fine art panoramic print at my website:

Patti and Tommy Banks
YES!!!!! Rename Gore Range to the Shining Mountains Please!!!!

Katie Larson
I think the renaming of the Gore Range is a great idea. I was a wilderness ranger there for several years and always hated that the name was given to somebody so undeserving. I completely support your efforts.

Stan Wagon
Re name changes: A couple of us wrote the US Board on Geographic Names when the Red White and Blue Fire District of Breckenridge wanted to get Atlantic Peak (informal name) renamed officially to Red White and Blue Peak. We suggested that Atlantic is appropriate and that should become the official name. The US Board agreed with us and it is now official at Atlantic. Not quite the same as Gore story, but it shows the Board can be reasonable.

Art Goodtimes
yes, an excellent idea

Craig Nielson
Hello, My name is Craig Nielson with the Chipeta Mountain Project ( We successfully got the name of Chipeta Mountain (just northwest of the Mt. Ouray, moved to the high point on the massif and are holding a celebration event on Oct 8-9th. We would like to invite you to join our event and perhaps we can help your with your project.

What a worthy idea! I am curious to know what the Ute translation for “shining mountains” is – anyone know?

karn stiegelmeier
We are blessed to live in this valley, and to venture into this most beautiful mountain range in Colorado. Our spectacular mountains deserve an honorable name, and one that fits the naming criteria of the USGS. Those criteria include a requirement for naming after a person: documentation that the person resided in the area, and contributed significant benefit to the community or environment.

bill betz
I think this renaming campaign is a good idea. There seems to be nothing that anyone has found to suggest that, at least while he was in the USA, George Gore was anything other than a total jerk, and worse. And, on the other side, it seems a small gesture, after all of the injustices inflicted on the Utes, for the US government to return a bit of dignity to them by restoring the ancient name of their shining mountains.

90 second tour of The Shining Mountains (no audio) – Loop from Buffalo Mountain to Kneeknocker Pass (Google Earth)

Take a tour up Slate Creek (video, 86 seconds, no audio)