Greenhorn Mountain

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Greenhorn Mountain
Greenhorn Mountain seen from Walsenburg, Colorado
Elevation 12,352 ft (3,765 m)[1][2]
Prominence 3,777 ft (1,151 m)[3]
Isolation 25.24 mi (40.62 km)[3]
Listing Colorado prominent summits
Colorado range high points
Colorado county high points
Greenhorn Mountain is located in Colorado
Greenhorn Mountain
Greenhorn Mountain
Location Huerfano County and the high point of Pueblo County, Colorado, U.S.[3]
Range Highest summit of the
Wet Mountains[3]
Coordinates 37°52′53″N 105°00′48″W / 37.8814618°N 105.0133256°W / 37.8814618; -105.0133256Coordinates: 37°52′53″N 105°00′48″W / 37.8814618°N 105.0133256°W / 37.8814618; -105.0133256[1]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
San Isabel, Colorado[4]
Easiest route Hike

Greenhorn Mountain is the highest summit of the Wet Mountains range in the Rocky Mountains of North America. The prominent 12,352-foot (3,765 m) peak is located in the Greenhorn Mountain Wilderness of San Isabel National Forest, 5.2 miles (8.4 km) southwest by west (bearing 238°) of the Town of Rye, Colorado, United States, on the boundary between Huerfano and Pueblo counties. The summit of Greenhorn Mountain is the highest point in Pueblo County, Colorado.[1][2][3] The peak's summit rises above timberline, which is about 11,500 feet (3,500 m) in south-central Colorado.


The massive Greenhorn Mountain can be seen from Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Trinidad, and also from along Interstate 25 rising nearly 7,000 feet (2,100 m) above the surrounding valleys. The mountain's habitats are protected within the secluded Greenhorn Mountain Wilderness Area, which is only accessed by a few trails and a 4-wheel drive road on its the north.

Name Origin[edit]

The name comes from the name Cuerno Verde (Green Horn) given by the colonial 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "GREENHORN MTN". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b The elevation of Greenhorn Mountain includes an adjustment of +1.401 m (+4.60 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Greenhorn Mountain, Colorado". Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Greenhorn Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  • Elizabeth A.H. John, Storms Brewed in Other Men's Worlds, Texas A&M University Press, College Station 1875, pages 584-589.
  • Pekka Hämäläinen, The Comanche Empire,Yale University Press, New Haven & London 2008, pages 103-104

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