West of the Guadalupes

PART 2:

The Cornudas Mountains Just Across the Border from Texas in New Mexico

2.  Cornudas Mountains Highlights

As you already know from the orientation page and the previous page, we approached the Cornudas Mountains by coming west from Dell City, Texas, on decent but unpaved roads.  

At one point the road crosses into New Mexico, and to our surprise the road quality actually improved on the New Mexico side.  (But why be surprised, same is tru for the major highways from El Paso into New Mexico like Interstate 10 and Highway 60/180.  Road quality goes up coming northeast or west into New Mexico, but speed limits go down.  Go figure.)

These are some of the views of the Cornudas Mountains coming west on the Otero County road from Dell City:

 

  

The two photos above show two mountains that look quite different, Wind Mountain to the left is a classic laccolith dome, but the one to the right is also a laccolith, an intrusion stopped by an overlying rock formation no longer there, but in this case it is an elongated intrusion, not a dome.  The mountain to the right is called Cornudas Mountain:

Cornudas Mountain is the northernmost mountain in the Cornudas Mountain group.  There is a really cool picture of this mountain from a different angle, one that looks very much like human face, on the internet.

Just to its south is Wind Mountain, the highest peak, alleged to be about 2,700 feet (~900 m) above its base.

That slick-looking rock on its sides is alleged to be some of the limestone this instrusion pushed up, portions of it are still flanking the mountain after all these tens of millions of years!

There is apparently enough runoff from this higher mountain to cause some erosion-channels to be formed that support substantial vegetation:

 

   

Audrey found this lone full bloom on a cholla cactus hanging on to the side of an arroyo:

For us, these views were the highlights of our Cornuda Mountains visit.

Once we got to the west side of the Cornudas Mountains, things were much drier and there was little vegetation.  We will see that side on the next page.

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3. Leaving the Cornudas Mountains

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2.  Walking the Dunes

3.  Peak Experience

4.  Denouement

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