Hesperus Mountain (Colorado)
|Dibé Ntsaa (Navajo)|
|Elevation||13,237 ft (4,035 m) NAVD 88|
|Prominence||2,832 ft (863 m)|
|Location||Montezuma County, Colorado, U.S.|
|Range||San Juan Mountains, La Plata Mountains|
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.
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- "Hesperus Mountain, Colorado". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
- "Hesperus Mountain". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
- Robert S. McPherson, Sacred Land, Sacred View: Navajo perceptions of the Four Corners Region, Brigham Young University, ISBN 1-56085-008-6.