LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS4) – Say the name John Denver and one can’t help but think about the legendary singer’s legacy in Colorado. Now there’s a push under way to name a mountain peak in his honor and put Denver on the map forever.

Denver loved Colorado and it can be heard in his music. JP McDaniel knew Denver well. Now she’s spearheading an effort to officially name the eastern peak of Mount Sopris near Aspen as “John Denver Peak.”

“Many people know John Denver for his music, which is wonderful. But to me, his greatest contributions have been his environmental work,” McDaniel said.

The un-named peak is not only near where Denver called home, he even wrote his famous song “Rocky Mountain High” during a visit up the mountain.

“A meteor went over and they were just like, ‘Whoa.’ And it was so inspiring that he wrote ‘Rocky Mountain High.’ ‘I’ve seen it raining fire in the sky.’ That’s where he composed the song,” McDaniel said.

McDaniel has set up a petition drive that she will send to the U.S. Board of Geographic Names in hopes of making John Denver Peak a reality.

“It has to be an unnamed peak and it can’t be named after a living person; the person has to have been deceased at least five years. The person has to have made a significant historical contribution to the area, and also a contribution to the environment to the natural world.”

McDaniel knows it won’t be easy, but the devoted fan and friend believes it’s the least she can do to honor a man who entertained so many and gave so much back to the land he loved.

To sign the petition go here:

Comments (9)
  1. april says:

    I will also contact the US Board of Geographic Names and oppose this request. He was a narcisstic drunkard who had no respect for the laws of this state, and his high powered attorney endangered the safety and well being of regular Colorado residents out on the road at night from being killed by a drunk driver. I was so happy his little plane went down. We have no need for drunks like him.

    1. patrick says:

      If any of you are as upset about April’s disregard for human life and/or you are even a minor fan of John’s most famous songs please be sure to sign the petition by clicking on the link at the end of the article

      1. Brett says:

        If any of you are more concerned with preserving Colorado’s already important heritage and keeping our History alive, don’t sign the petition. In the least, one should conduct a little research into the man who’s memorial you are removing to replace it with a memorial to a pop-star.

  2. junior says:

    He put Colorado on the map. They were only famous for Coors before he came along and starting singing about it.

    1. Brett says:

      If it wasn’t for Sopris, Denver would probably not be the great city it was today. Look up the history of what Sopris Did for Denver and the state of Colorado. In my opinion, he was a far greater man, and did many more important things for this state than John Denver could have ever caused by singing a song.

      1. junior says:

        You just proved my point. Don’t have a clue who you are talking about, but millions know who John Denver is/was.

  3. J. Carole Clarke says:

    John Denver’s father flew bombers for the Air Force, mine led troops in the Army. His music connected us to the land our fathers protected. Both us us had eyesight too poor to be admitted to our fathers’ service branch but John at least got to fly later with his Dad who piloted his tour planes. And he died at the controls of an experimental plane – better than getting too old to fly. He definetly had the right stuff!

  4. Brett says:

    John Denver was perhaps a great folk singer, but honestly, Mr. SOPRIS did MUCH more for this state’s heritage. Including the creation of City Park in Denver, and being the FIRST Mayor of the City of Denver. You’d think an article from a Denver news station would point this out.

  5. David Crosby says:

    Why do people have to resort to trading on the famous and dead to get famous themselves? John Denver wasn’t a citizen of Colorado. He lived in a private community, made Colorado unlivable for us natives , hoarded gasoline and refused to drive sober. Name some mountain where he was from after him. I lived in Carbondale once and to name a peakDenver or Duchendorfer (his real name) seems as silly as he was.. he also delayed I 70 through Glenwood Canyon for years costing us to anything John Denver….

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