#mypubliclandsroadtrip 2016: Places That Rock, Cabezon Peak Wilderness
#mypubliclandsroadtrip enjoys the rugged beauty and solitude of Cabezon Peak Wilderness Study Area in New Mexico.
Cabezon Peak’s dramatic volcanic formation is one of the most well-known landmarks in northwest New Mexico. With an elevation of 7,785 feet, the Peak is part of the Mount Taylor volcanic field, and is the largest of 50 volcanic necks rising from the Rio Puerco Valley. Desert shrublands dominated by cholla cactus give way to piñon and juniper on the flanks of the peak. The symmetrical peak forms cliffs on all sides, and the surrounding landscape gently falls away from the base of the cliffs. The name “Cabezon” is derived from the Spanish noun “cabeza,” meaning “head,” and “Cabezon” translates as “big head.” The peak is believed to have religious significance for the Pueblo and Navajo Indians, and remnants of their visits still exist.
Photo by Bob Wick, BLM