North County Line • Highpoint: Roosevelt County
• Llano Estacado Plateau

Date Climbed
March 15, 2000

Elevation
4,782 feet

Distance
Negligible

Time
10 minutes

Gain
Negligible

Conditions
Pretty good

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The whopping great highpoint

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I was on a long day's journey atop the Llano Estacado in Eastern New Mexico, visiting the easy county highpoints of Harding, Curry and Quay County (most recently). Curry and Quay Counties sit atop this flat featureless plain, and their highpoints were easy affairs, mostly walking amid flat ground and trusting the mapmakers surveyed carefully. The eye can play tricks otherwise, as everything looks higher farther away. From the Quay County highpoint, I worked my way south toward Roosevelt County. I arrived here at three in the afternoon in clear weather and pleasant temperatures.

I worked my way south to the village of House, one of New Mexico's least populated incorporated municipalities (about 50 people). House is an apt name because it seemed be just that, maybe two or three. From House, I followed highway NM-89 south three miles to a dirt road on my right called Quay County Road-91. Actually, this road is right on the Quay-Roosevelt county line. I went west 2.7 miles to a windmill, which according to the map would place me near the northwestern corner of Roosevelt County. Surprisingly, the state thought it wise to put a county line sign here (see photo).

This, then, is the highpoint, or close to it. The map shows a 4,780-foot contour that wanders through northeast Roosevelt County, with a 4,782-foot spot elevation south in the brush a few hundred feet. I parked and walked to the fence line, and lined myself up with the county line sign, then tried to view the area. Bleak high desert and total flatness. I scampered past the fence and walked south for a few minutes, covering a few hundred yards. Nothing looked high, and there were no mounds or anything. I couldn't tell which, if any point, was highest. I called it good after a few moments, and got moving.

From here, I continued my travels with a vist to Loma Alta, the De Baca County highpoint. Today had gone very well, with four county highpoints done and in the books, and a fifth soon to come. The weather had been lovely, but a storm was moving in, as I'd soon find out.


Update: The landowner of this land wasn't too pleased about seeing people walk his property, reports a visitor many years after the fact. He lives southeast of the county-line sign. Whether he would grant permission if you asked is not certain. It's best to be aware of this situation if you go there.

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