Tooth Of The Horse
Jon Burch Photography
Photograph - Digital Capture/digital Painting
Horsetooth Mountain is in the foothills of the Front Range west of the city of Fort Collins, Colorado and this horse doesn't bite. The mountain is easily distinguishable by the large rock formation on its summit known as Horsetooth Rock. The formation is a prominent landmark and is easily seen in nearby Fort Collins and often is used as a symbol of that city, appearing in the official seal. The name comes from its distinctive appearance.
The rock was previously on the private property of the Soderburg family, but 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. A climb to the summit offers hikers a clear view to the southwest of Longs Peak and Mount Meeker, two rugged mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park.
The scenic 2,711-acre Horsetooth Mountain Open Space (consisting of the Culver, Soderberg, and Hughey Open Spaces) covers elevations from 5,430 to 7,255 feet. Its 29 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails connect to the Blue Sky Trail and Lory State Park trails.
Horsetooth Rock is a familiar local landmark visible from the eastern plains. The open space is also known for Horsetooth Falls in the spring, and for tremendous Front Range views anytime.
Photograph copyright Jon Burch Photography
March 26th, 2013
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