Hesperus Mountain

Mancos, Colorado 81328

Hesperus Mountain

Hesperus Mountain Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Red and white stripes decorate the face of Hesperus; it’s a truly unique Colorado color scheme. Go off-trail and make your way to the top of this most sacred mountain.

It’s easy to see why the Navajo people consider this sacred mountain a special place on earth. They call it Dibé Nitsaa, which translates to “Big Mountain Sheep.” Each of the four sacred mountains was assigned a color that related to its spiritual significance; Hesperus was noted not for the red and white stripes, but for the black, powdery obsidian found on its ridges. Obsidian was an important rock to the Navajo because it could be shaped into tools and arrowheads. Dibé Nitsaa is the sacred mountain of the north"

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
5–7 hours
San Juan National Forest
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