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Dumb Question: What is 'The Front Range' ???(17 posts)

Dumb Question: What is 'The Front Range' ???AllUpHill
Feb 27, 2003 6:52 PM
I, an east coast person, hear people on the board make reference to this mystical, mythical place all the time. I detect that it's something to do with Colorado and mountains, but please explain exactly where and what it is, and why it's called such. Is this a term confined to the cycling world? Gratitude.
re: Dumb Question: What is 'The Front Range' ???MR_GRUMPY
Feb 27, 2003 6:57 PM
As you are going west, they're the first set of mountains that you encounter.
Thank you, geography teacher......
I'm glad someone asked...biknben
Feb 28, 2003 5:42 AM
I have wondered that myself. Please tell me it's something more than the "first set of mountains you hit when traveling west."

I flew into Denver last year and was beside myself when I saw the geography. It's just flat as a board to the horizon in the East. Then the mountains just shoot up out of the ground just to the West. It's not that they were SO high or that I had never seen mountains before. It was just the abrupt start. I would expect to see some rollers or at least a false flat leading up to the mountains.
Ft. Collins to Colorado SpringsBipedZed
Feb 28, 2003 6:19 AM
The Front Range is a Colorado term applied to the cities on the plains at the foot of the Rocky Mountains from Ft Collins in the north to Colorado Springs in the south. Not to be confused with the "High Country" which is the general term for the mountains.

So in a sentence: "The front range hasn't had much snow lately but the high country is getting dumped on."
There's also a Back RangeRickC5
Feb 28, 2003 6:48 AM
Trust me on this.

The Front Range has at least two definitions:

1) The FIRST set of mountains you encounter when heading West out of Denver, etc.

2) The term is also applied to the cities from Ft. Collins to Colorado Springs that are generally located at the base of this first range of mountains.

The Back Range refers to the SECOND set of higher mountains that can be seen behind the Front Range if you are a little bit East of the Front Range. Northward from Denver, the Back Range is also the Continental Divide, containing several peaks over 14,000 feet.

From my office window, I have a great view of both the Front and Back Ranges as the term applies to the mountains. Not today though, its snowing pretty godd.
Hey, I have a GAS range! (nm)Alexx
Feb 28, 2003 6:58 AM
And a Western Slope...mohair_chair
Feb 28, 2003 7:11 AM
That's the other side of the Rockies...or is it the Wasatch?
It's a horrible, horrible place ...sacheson
Feb 28, 2003 7:10 AM
... no need to worry about what it is, or even go there. There's two seasons: snowing and melting. Sometimes it will snow in September and won't thaw until May. The weather is horrible and the views are disgusting. There's nothing to do on weekends here, except watch the Maury blocks and Cops on The WB Network. The cycling population sucks ... and mountain biking??? Man, you'd think you were off-roading on Iwo Jima.

So, for all intents and purposes, it's not even important to know what the Front Range is, since it sucks here anyway. If I ever get the strength to go someplace cool, I'll leave. Until then, I'll just suffer and deal with these lousy conditions. ;-)

OH - and the guy above stating "Fort Collins to Colorado Springs" is spot-on. We don't include the People's Republic of Boulder in the mix ... but that's just because most of us don't live there and haven't been sucked into the vortex, subsequently don't want to include ourselves with that lot. (insert second token smiley here)'s awful here...stay away (nm)ColnagoFE
Feb 28, 2003 7:48 AM
Hey -sacheson
Feb 28, 2003 8:04 AM
you live around here? Where? I'm a Tech Center punk myself.
Hey -Tarball
Feb 28, 2003 10:01 AM
I'm about 60 miles north of you, in Ft Collins. You should come visit some time.
Or maybe we could schedule some time to get together for supper like we yalked about.
Ft Collins?sacheson
Feb 28, 2003 10:06 AM
I lived there for 8 years. Corner of Sherwood and Cherry, right by Lee Martinez Park. Worked at Lee's Cyclery for a while, then got a real job.

(aside from my wife) ... My best friends in the whole wide world still live in the Fort, and I make it up almost once a month. That place is the #1 location on the face of the Earth. I miss it dearly.

Go do a Rist Canyon, Stove Prarie, Masonville loop for me as soon as the snow melts.
Ft Collins?Tarball
Feb 28, 2003 10:13 AM
That house with the brick shingle siding?
Ft Collins?sacheson
Feb 28, 2003 11:25 AM
You know it? Yeah ... that's it ... why - who are you?
I live in Fort Collins....2melow
Feb 28, 2003 3:40 PM
I've lived here 4 years, and agree it is the greatest place to live.

Road and MTBing out the wazoo!
Hook, line, and sinker. What a dip$hit I can be. ;-) (nm)sacheson
Feb 28, 2003 11:29 AM
Live in AuroraRickC5
Feb 28, 2003 3:13 PM
But I work in Castle Rock