La Plata Mountains

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For other places with the same name, see La Plata (disambiguation).
La Plata Mountains
Mesa Verde National Park Park Point Overlook La Plata Mountains 2006 09 11.jpg
La Plata Mountains as seen from Park Point in Mesa Verde National Park
Highest point
Peak Hesperus Mountain
Elevation 13,232 ft (4,033 m)
Coordinates 37°26′42″N 106°05′20″W / 37.44500°N 106.08889°W / 37.44500; -106.08889Coordinates: 37°26′42″N 106°05′20″W / 37.44500°N 106.08889°W / 37.44500; -106.08889
Geography
Country United States
State Colorado
Parent range San Juan Mountains

The La Plata Mountains are a small subrange of the San Juan Mountains in the southwestern part of Colorado, United States. They are located on the border between Montezuma and La Plata counties, about 12 miles (19 km) northwest of Durango. Their name is Spanish for silver.

The peaks of the range are easily visible from U.S. Route 160, which skirts the range on the south. The La Plata River and the Mancos River have their headwaters in the range. The Colorado Trail accesses even towards the northern peaks.

The best-known and highest peak in the La Plata Mountains is Hesperus Mountain, which is the Navajo sacred mountain of the north. The five highest summits are listed below.

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