Greenhorn Mountain seen from Walsenburg, Colorado
|Elevation||12,352 ft (3,765 m) NAVD 88|
|Prominence||3,767 ft (1,148 m)|
|Location||Huerfano / Pueblo counties, Colorado, U.S.|
|Topo map||USGS San Isabel|
Greenhorn Mountain is the highest point in the Wet Mountains of southern Colorado and at elevation 12,352 feet (3,765 m) is just high enough to pass tree line which is about 11,500 feet (3,500 m) in this part of Colorado. The massive mountain can be seen from Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Trinidad and all along Interstate 25 rising nearly 7,000 feet above the surrounding area. The mountain is protected within the secluded Greenhorn Mountain Wilderness Area but is accessed by a few trails and a nearby 4-wheel drive road to the north.
The name comes from a name Cuerno Verde (Green Horn) given by the Spanish of the Provincias Internas to two, father and son, Jupe Comanche band mahimiana paraibo or war chiefs. The younger Cuerno Verde was known to the Comanches as "Man Who Holds Danger." On September 3, 1779 younger Cuerno Verde, along with his son, medicine man, 4 principal chiefs and 10 of his warriors, was killed near the Greenhorn Mountain by the men of the expedition of Spanish troops and native American allies (Apache, Ute and Pueblo) under Juan Bautista de Anza.
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- Pekka Hämäläinen, The Comanche Empire,Yale University Press, New Haven & London 2008, pages 103-104