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Specimen Mountain
Specimen Mountain, RMNP.jpg
Specimen Mountain viewed from the Alpine Visitor Center
Highest point
Elevation 12,494 ft (3,808 m)
Prominence 1,731 ft (528 m)
Isolation 4.70 mi (7.56 km)
Listing Colorado prominent summits
Specimen Mountain is located in Colorado
Specimen Mountain
Specimen Mountain
Location in Colorado
Location Rocky Mountain National Park, Continental Divide between
Grand and Larimer counties, Colorado, United States
Parent range Front Range
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Fall River Pass, Colorado

Specimen Mountain, elevation 12,494 ft (3,808 m), is a summit in the Front Range of northern Colorado. The mountain is north of Milner Pass in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Historical names

  • Geode Mountain
  • Mountain Smokes
  • Specimen Mountain – 1932


Specimen Mountain is a red-tinted, extinct volcano that was last active around 27 million years ago. At that time, it was probably more conical in shape and much higher than it is now. Roadcuts near Poudre Lake contain some of the yellowish ash its eruptions spewed out.

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