The Sawatch Mountains is a chain of mountains located in the state of Colorado and a part of the Rocky Mountains. Lodgepole Pines grew in the region. The city of Leadville is located in the mountains. The White River National Forest partially covers the mountain range. The mountains are considered to be in Colorado's mining country.
In 1988, Dirk Pitt took a vacation to Congresswoman Loren Smith's cabin, which was formerly owned by Charles Smith, her father. The cabin was located near Table Lake. Lee Rafferty and his wife, Maxine Rafferty lived near the lake as well. The Raffertys have been vacationing in the mountains since the 1950s.