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

The whopping great highpoint

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Date: March 15, 2000 • Elevation: 4,782 feet • Prominence: none • Distance: 0.2 mile • Time: 10 minutes • Gain: 5 feet • Conditions: Clear

I was atop the Llano Estacado in Eastern New Mexico, visiting the county highpoints of Harding, Curry and, most recently, Quay counties. From the Quay County highpoint, I drove south toward Roosevelt County. I arrived here at three in the afternoon in clear weather and pleasant temperatures.

I located myself in the village of House, one of New Mexico's least populated incorporated municipalities (about 50 people). From House, I followed highway NM-89 south three miles to a dirt road on my right called Quay County Road-91. This road is 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 is county 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 scanned the area. I squeezed 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 later. 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. To be honest, I didn't see any homes or anything when I was here.

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