Horsetooth Mountain

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Horsetooth Mountain
Horsetooth Mountain seen from Fort Collins, Colorado.jpg
Horsetooth from Fort Collins
Elevation 7,259 ft (2,213 m)[1][2]
Prominence 595 ft (181 m)[3]
Isolation 3.46 mi (5.57 km)[3]
Horsetooth Mountain is located in Colorado
Horsetooth Mountain
Horsetooth Mountain
Location Larimer County, Colorado, U.S.[4]
Range Front Range foothills[3]
Coordinates 40°32′22″N 105°11′48″W / 40.5395593°N 105.1967559°W / 40.5395593; -105.1967559Coordinates: 40°32′22″N 105°11′48″W / 40.5395593°N 105.1967559°W / 40.5395593; -105.1967559[1]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Horsetooth Reservoir, Colorado[1]
Easiest route Scramble

Horsetooth Mountain is a mountain summit in the foothills of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 7,259-foot (2,213 m) peak is located in the Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, 7.0 miles (11.2 km) west (bearing 265°) of downtown Fort Collins in Larimer County, Colorado, United States.[1][2][3][4]


The mountain is easily distinguishable by the large rock formation on its summit known as Horsetooth Rock. The formation is a prominent landmark of the nearby city of Fort Collins and often used as a symbol of that city, appearing in the official city seal. The name comes from its distinctive appearance.

The rock was previously on the private property of the Soderburg family. In 1982, it was purchased by the county as an "open space" tax acquisition. It is now a popular destination for hikers as well as mountain bikers, with trails leading to the summit. The summit offers hikers a clear view to the southwest of Longs Peak and Mount Meeker, two rugged mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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  1. ^ a b c d "HORSETOOTH". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b The elevation of Horsetooth Mountain includes an adjustment of +1.018 m (+3.34 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  3. ^ a b c d "Horsetooth Mountain, Colorado". Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Horsetooth Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 

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