The County
Highpoints

Between 1994 and 2004, I climbed (and in some cases, casually walked) all thirty-three county highpoints of New Mexico. Two pairs of counties share highpoints, so there were actually thirty-one actual highpoints to visit.

Bernalillo ... Sandia Crest
Catron ...
Whitewater Baldy
Chaves ...
One Tree Peak
Cibola ...
Mount Taylor
Colfax ...
Little Costilla Peak
Curry ...
Near Deadman Canyon
De Baca ...
Loma Alta
Dona Ana ...
Organ Needle
Eddy ...
Dog Canyon Overlook
Grant & Sierra ...
McKnight Mountain
Guadalupe ...
Mesa Leon
Harding ...
Sugarloaf Mountain
Hidalgo ...
"Ghost Peak"
Lea ...
Mescalero Ridge
Lincoln ...
Lookout Mountain
Los Alamos ...
Caballo Mountain
Luna ...
Cookes Peak
McKinley ...
Cerros de Alejandro
Mora & Rio Arriba ...
Truchas Peak
Otero ...
Sierra Blanca
Quay ...
Luciano Mesa
Roosevelt ...
Northwest Corner
San Juan ...
Beautiful Mountain
Sandoval ...
Redondo Peak
San Miguel ...
Elk Mountain
Santa Fe ...
Santa Fe Baldy
Socorro ...
South Baldy Mountain
Taos ...
Wheeler Peak
Torrance ...
Manzano Peak
Union ...
Sierra Grande
Valencia ...
Manzano Range

New Mexico County Highpoints
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Remaining List

This is a list of all other peaks that I have climbed in New Mexico. Most are 2,000-foot prominence peaks that I tackled during 2005-2007

Atalaya Mountain
Big Hatchet Peak
Black Peak
Brushy Mountain
Burro Peak
Capitan Peak
Carrizo Peak
Cerro Vista
Chicoma Mountain
Eagle Mountain
Gallinas Peak
Hachita Peak
Sacramento Mountain
Timber Mountain
Withington Peak


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I once called New Mexico home. I was a small boy when my dad was stationed at White Sands in the late 1960s, early 1970s. At the time, I probably didn't know we were in New Mexico, or what a "New Mexico" was. I was three when we left, and I did not return to New Mexico again until 23 years later. SInce then, I have visited many times.

I climbed Wheeler Peak in 1994 with my brother. In January 2000, I visited the highpoint of Lea County. That prompted me to embark on a project of visiting the highpoints of all 33 counties in New Mexico.

I made good progress in 2000 and 2001, in which I successfully climbed or visited the midsection of the state. By the end of 2001, I had completed 22 of the 33 counties, and a state completion looked promising. In 2002 I visited two more, then five more in 2003. Finally, I finished the remaining five counties in 2004, finishing the project on Santa Fe Baldy with my wife Beth on October 9, 2004. It was a thrill to complete the task, especially to do so with my wife.

I also climbed fourteen other highly-prominent mountains, including twelve in 2007 alone. Surprisingly, since then, I have done very little in the state. I need to go back more often.



Wheeler Peak

August 15, 1994
P3KCOHPState HP

Mescalero Ridge

January 2, 2000
COHP

Sandia Crest

1. March 14, 2000
2. September 21, 2003
P4KCOHP

Sugarloaf Mountain

March 15, 2000
COHP

Curry County HP

March 15, 2000
COHP
 

Luciano Mesa

March 15, 2000
COHP

Roosevelt County HP

March 15, 2000
COHP

Loma Alta

March 15, 2000
COHP

Dog Canyon Overlook

March 17, 2000
COHP

One Tree Peak

March 17, 2000
COHP
 

Cerros de Alejandro

September 2, 2000
COHP

Mount Taylor

September 3, 2000
P4KCOHP

South Baldy Peak

1. September 3, 2000
2. September 4, 2005
P3KCOHP

McKnight Mountain

1. September 4, 2000
2. September 6, 2004
P2KCOHP

Whitewater Baldy

September 23, 2000
P3KCOHP
 

Organ Needle

March 31, 2001
P3KCOHP

Lookout Mountain

July 14, 2001
COHP

Sierra Blanca

July 14, 2001
P5KCOHP

Manzano Mountains

October 20, 2001
P3KCOHP

Mesa Leon

October 21, 2001
COHP
 

Sierra Grande

May 26, 2002
P1KCOHP

Beautiful Mountain

1. October 1, 2002
2. July 11, 2010
P1KCOHP

Truchas Peak

June 21, 2003
P4KCOHP

Little Costilla Peak

September 20, 2003
P2KCOHP

Elk Mountain

September 21, 2003
COHP
 

"Ghost" Peak

April 10, 2004
P2KCOHP

Cookes Peak

April 11, 2004
P2KCOHP

Caballo Mountain

September 25, 2004
COHP

Redondo Peak

September 26, 2004
P2KCOHP

Santa Fe Baldy

October 9, 2004
P2KCOHP
 

Mount Withington

September 5, 2005
P2K

Black Peak

November 24, 2006
P2K

Hachita Peak

March 13, 2007
P2K

Burro Peak

March 15, 2007
P2K

Eagle Mountain

May 24, 2007
P2K
 

Timber Mountain

July 7, 2007
P2K

Brushy Mountain

July 9, 2007
P2K

Sacramento Mountains

August 7, 2007
P2K

Capitan Mountains HP

August 8, 2007
P3K

Gallinas Peak

August 8, 2007
P2K
 

Carrizo Peak

August 9, 2007
P2K

Cerro Vista

August 11, 2007
P2K

Chicoma Mountain

August 11, 2007
P4K

Big Hatchet Peak

December 20, 2007
P3K

Atalaya Mountain

June 22, 2016