Lookout Mountain (Colorado)

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Lookout Mountain
Lookout Mountain, as seen through a telephoto lens from downtown Denver.
Elevation 7,377 ft (2,249 m) NAVD 88[1]
Lookout Mountain is located in Colorado
Lookout Mountain
Lookout Mountain
Location Jefferson County, Colorado, U.S.
Range Front Range
Coordinates 39°45′57″N 105°14′19″W / 39.76583°N 105.23861°W / 39.76583; -105.23861Coordinates: 39°45′57″N 105°14′19″W / 39.76583°N 105.23861°W / 39.76583; -105.23861[2]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Morrison, Colorado[2]
Easiest route Drive
Eastern view from radio towers at Lookout Mountain

Lookout Mountain, elevation 7,374 ft (2,248 m), is one of the larger foothills that overlooks Golden, Colorado.[3] Downtown Denver can be seen clearly from the mountain 12 miles to the east. It is known for its natural scenery and has played a major role in area recreation, transportation, water supply and telecommunications. It is famous as the gravesite of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody and has several sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its earliest known inhabitants were the Ute tribe of American Indians, who used the mountain as a lookout point upon the surrounding region.

Built in 1913, the Lariat Loop road ascends from Golden up the steep east side of Lookout Mountain. Mountain bikers and hikers can also follow the Chimney Gulch trail, a difficult, narrow "single track" hiking trail that crisscrosses the Lariat Loop road twice on its way to the summit.[citation needed] Lookout Mountain is also popular with paragliders.

In 1917, Charles Boettcher, a Denver entrepreneur, built a summer home formerly called Lorraine Lodge on Lookout Mountain for his family that was used for hunting retreats. In 1968, Boettcher's granddaughter, Charline Breeden, donated the lodge that is now known as Boettcher Mansion and 110 acres to Jefferson County. The mansion has been restored and is now a site for special events.[4]

The Lookout Mountain Nature Center & Preserve has interactive exhibits that take visitors on a tour of the foothills for adults and children.[4]


  1. ^ "Lookout Mountain, Colorado". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  2. ^ a b "Lookout Mountain". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  3. ^ "Lookout Mountain, Colorado". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Lookout Mountain Nature Center & Preserve". Jefferson County Parks. Retrieved 7 November 2013.