Front Range

By Deane Barker

This is technically a specific mountain sub-range in the Rockies. However, it’s used as a general descriptor for area on the Eastern side of the Rockies.

Why I Looked It Up

Years ago, I read a proposal for Front Range Community College. I thought the name was interesting.

Then, more recently, I saw a reference to Front Range Hippotherapy (it’s a facility that uses horses in treating physical and mental disabilities). That’s when I got to wondering if “Front Range” was a general location/regional descriptor.

Sure enough, there are lots of businesses that use this in the name:


Added on

I was a call with someone, and he mentioned he lived close to another colleague:

We both live here on the Front Range.

We then talked a bit about geography. He said the opposite of the Front Range is the “Western Slope.” He said it was about 2.5 hours to get across the Rockies, if there’s no traffic.

There’s a Wikipedia page for Colorado Western Slope.

The Western Slope is the part of the state of Colorado west of the Continental Divide.

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