Hesperus Mountain (Colorado)
|Dibé Ntsaa (Navajo)|
|Elevation||13,237 ft (4,035 m)|
|Prominence||2,852 ft (869 m)|
|Isolation||24.53 mi (39.48 km)|
|Listing||Colorado 4000 meter summits
Colorado range high points
Colorado county high points
|Location||High point of Montezuma County, Colorado, United States|
|Range||Highest summit of the
La Plata Mountains
|Topo map||USGS 7.5' topographic map
La Plata, Colorado
Hesperus Mountain or Hesperus Peak, elevation 13,237 ft (4,035 m), is the highest summit in the La Plata Mountains, a small subrange of the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. The mountain is in the San Juan National Forest northwest of Durango. Though not of particularly high elevation for the region, it is visually quite prominent, as it is near the southern edge of the San Juan Mountains and rises over 7,000 ft (2,100 m) above the area.
Hesperus is notable as the Navajo People's Sacred Mountain of the North, Dibé Ntsaa, which marks the northern boundary of the Dinetah, their traditional homeland. It is associated with the color black, and is said to be impregnated with jet. When First Man created the mountain as a replica of mountains in the Fourth World, he fastened it to the ground with a rainbow and covered it in darkness.
- List of Colorado mountain ranges
- List of Colorado mountain summits
- List of Colorado county high points
- The elevation of Hesperus Mountain includes an adjustment of +1.650 m (+5.41 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
- "Hesperus Mountain, Colorado". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
- "Hesperus Mountain". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
- Robert S. McPherson, Sacred Land, Sacred View: Navajo perceptions of the Four Corners Region, Brigham Young University, ISBN 1-56085-008-6.
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