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  • Writer's pictureJonathon Jundt

Secret Mountains of Colorado

Perhaps the least trekked mountain range in a state known for its majestic peaks, the Cuerno Verde Mountains are hidden between an old steel town and the Sangre De Cristo mountain range. Juan Bautista de Anza Bezerra Nieto and his military expedition pursued and killed the Jupe Comanche chief named Cuerno Verde near modern day Beulah, Colorado on September 3, 1779 thus naming the mountain and range. Three years prior, in 1776, Juan established the Presidio of San Francisco to gain a foothold in Northern California. In the first decade of the 1900s, it was renamed Greenhorn mountain.

The greater region offers a spiritual solitude with centuries old churches, wild mustangs, a whimsical castle built by an individual, the headwaters of the Rio Grande, a hidden valley that once was a secret confederate encampment, the most secure prison in the world, and tremendous variation in flora and fauna.

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