Horsetooth Mountain

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Horsetooth Mountain
Horsetooth Mountain seen from Fort Collins, Colorado.jpg
Horsetooth from Fort Collins
Highest point
Elevation 7,259 ft (2,213 m) [1][2]
Prominence 595 ft (181 m) [3]
Isolation 3.46 mi (5.57 km) [3]
Coordinates 40°32′22″N 105°11′48″W / 40.5395593°N 105.1967559°W / 40.5395593; -105.1967559Coordinates: 40°32′22″N 105°11′48″W / 40.5395593°N 105.1967559°W / 40.5395593; -105.1967559[1]
Horsetooth Mountain is located in Colorado
Horsetooth Mountain
Horsetooth Mountain
Location Larimer County, Colorado, U.S.[4]
Parent range Front Range foothills[3]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Horsetooth Reservoir, Colorado[1]
Easiest route Scramble

Horsetooth Mountain is a mountain summit in the foothills of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 7,259-foot (2,213 m) peak is located in the Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, 7.0 miles (11.2 km) west (bearing 265°) of downtown Fort Collins in Larimer County, Colorado, United States.[1][2][3][4]


The mountain is easily distinguishable by the large rock formation on its summit known as Horsetooth Rock, the formation is a prominent landmark of the nearby city of Fort Collins and often used as a symbol of that city, appearing in the official city seal. The name comes from its distinctive appearance.

The rock was previously on the private property of the Soderburg family; in 1982, it was purchased by the county as an "open space" tax acquisition. It is now a popular destination for hikers as well as mountain bikers, with trails leading to the summit, the summit offers hikers a clear view to the southwest of Longs Peak and Mount Meeker, two rugged mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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  1. ^ a b c d "HORSETOOTH". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b The elevation of Horsetooth Mountain includes an adjustment of +1.018 m (+3.34 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  3. ^ a b c d "Horsetooth Mountain, Colorado". Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Horsetooth Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 

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