Mount Antero

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Mount Antero
Mount Antero, taken from along U.S. 285, near the town of Nathrop.jpg
Mt. Antero seen from U.S. 285.
Elevation 14,276 ft (4,351 m)[1][2]
Prominence 2,503 ft (763 m)[3]
Isolation 17.67 mi (28.44 km)[3]
Mount Antero is located in Colorado
Mount Antero
Mount Antero
Location Chaffee County, Colorado, U.S.[4]
Range Sawatch Range[3]
Coordinates 38°40′27″N 106°14′46″W / 38.6740954°N 106.2461864°W / 38.6740954; -106.2461864Coordinates: 38°40′27″N 106°14′46″W / 38.6740954°N 106.2461864°W / 38.6740954; -106.2461864[1]
Topo map
Easiest route Hike

Mount Antero /ænˈtɛr/ is the highest summit of the southern Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The prominent 14,276-foot (4,351 m) fourteener is located in San Isabel National Forest, 12.2 miles (19.6 km) southwest by south (bearing 208°) of the Town of Buena Vista in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States.[1][2][3][4] The mountain is named in honor of Chief Antero of the Uintah band of the Ute people.


Mount Antero is prized for its gemstone deposits and has one of the highest concentrations of aquamarine in the country. There are several active private mining claims being exploited on Mount Antero and surrounding peaks.

The peak is located due south of the more visually prominent Mount Princeton. Mount Antero is one of the most prominent peaks of the Sawatch Range rising an impressive 7,200 feet above the town of Salida, Colorado to the south east. There are two popular climbing routes on Mount Antero. The generally accepted hiking route, which begins near the ghost town of St. Elmo, is from the east starting at the Browns Creek Trailhead and paralleling Little Browns Creek to its upper reaches where it crosses Forest Road 1A, then following the road near to the summit. The other route follows the same forest road from the north up Baldwin Creek. This route has heavy mining and tourist traffic in fair weather during the summer months.

The peak was surveyed by the Pike Expedition in 1806. A forest service sign at the Browns Creek trailhead commemorates the expedition camp at the eastern base of the peak.

Mt. Antero (at center-right), looking north from the summit of Mt. Shavano

Historical names[edit]

  • Antero Peak
  • Mount Antero [4]
From a superb pocket found by Jim Grika in 1988 and cut by Robert Spomer. This 6.90 ct clean, rich blue green, fancy shield shape stone measures 20x9 mm. Note the distinctive Mt. Antero aqua growth lines. A sister crystal from the same pocket took 2nd place Prospector Trophy at the Denver Gem and Mineral Show in 1988.Currently in the Rough and Ready Gems Golden, Colorado collection. This stone is the finest cut aquamarine from Mt. Antero ever seen by the owner. Photo by Steve Green
6.90 cts, 20x9 mm, clean stone, rich blue green. Found by Jim Grika in 1988 and cut by Robert Spomer of Buena Vista Gem Works. Currently in the collection of Steve Green, Rough and Ready Gems. Photo by Steve Green

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "MT ANTERO". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b The elevation of Mount Antero includes an adjustment of +2.071 m (+6.79 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  3. ^ a b c d "Mount Antero, Colorado". Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Mount Antero". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 

Related Sources[edit]

San Isabel National Forest Map, United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (2003)

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