(nr San Ysidro NM)
Cabezón Peak is a basalt volcanic neck rising from the Puerco Valley. Out of 50 such formations, it is the largest in the area. It rises dramatically upward on all sides for about 1,100ft, and reaches 7,785ft elevation. The formation can be seen against the skyline from miles away.
To reach it, one must drive about 16 miles off the main highway, about half being gravel roads. Along the way, were rolling hills, mesas, washes and gorges. At a couple of points the road crossed the Río Puerco.
Many like to climb to the top of the peak; but, I didn’t feel up to it. The trail is not too bad, until you get to the vertical rock wall. Then, it gets rather steep rock crawling most of the remainder of the way.
I drove to the trailhead near the base of the peak, as I wanted to see it up close. There was some primitive tent camping there; but, not level enough for Tardis. A couple of possible camp spots were seen along the road.
Camp: San Felipe Hollywood Casino overnight
Scene: Peak, river gorge, mesa