Huerfano Butte

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Huerfano Butte
Huerfano Butte.jpg
Highest point
Elevation 6,174 ft (1,882 m) [1][2]
Prominence 181 ft (55 m) [3]
Coordinates 37°45′14″N 104°49′37″W / 37.7539441°N 104.8268349°W / 37.7539441; -104.8268349Coordinates: 37°45′14″N 104°49′37″W / 37.7539441°N 104.8268349°W / 37.7539441; -104.8268349
Huerfano Butte is located in Colorado
Huerfano Butte
Huerfano Butte
Location Huerfano County, Colorado, U.S.[4]
Parent range Spanish Peaks area[3]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Huerfano Butte, Colorado[1]
Mountain type Volcanic plug

Huerfano Butte is an isolated volcanic neck located 8.8 miles (14.1 km) north by west (bearing 344°) of the City of Walsenburg in Huerfano County, Colorado, United States.[1][2][3][4]

A remnant of an ancient volcano, it was named Huerfano (orphan) by early Spanish explorers.[5] Its name is pronounced locally as WAR-fuh-no.[6] It rises above the south side of the Huerfano River with its peak about 200 feet above the floodplain. The butte lies one half mile east of the Interstate 25 crossing of the Huerfano River.

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  1. ^ a b c d "HUERFANO BUTTE". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved November 4, 2014.  Note: The summit of Huerfano Butte is +1.40 m (+4.6 ft) higher than NGS station HUERFANO BUTTE.
  2. ^ a b The elevation of Huerfano Butte includes an adjustment of +0.984 m (+3.23 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  3. ^ a b c "Huerfano Butte, Colorado". Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Huerfano Butte". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 162. 
  6. ^ Halka Chronic (1980). Roadside Geology of Colorado. Missoula Montana: Mountain Press Publishing Co. p. 37. ISBN 0-87842-105-X. 

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