Baldy Mountain (Colfax County, New Mexico)

Baldy Mountain (official name), Baldy Peak, Mount Baldy, or Old Baldy is the highest peak in the Cimarron Range, a subrange of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico. It is located in Colfax County, about 6 miles (10 km) northeast of Eagle Nest. It rises abruptly, with 3,640 feet (1,110 m) of vertical relief (in 3 miles/4.8 km), from the Moreno Valley to the west and has a total elevation of 12,441 feet (3,792 m).[1]

Baldy Mountain
Baldy Mountain from Copper Park camp
Highest point
Elevation12,441 ft (3,792 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence2,681 ft (817 m)[2]
Coordinates36°37′48″N 105°12′48″W[1]
Baldy Mountain
Parent rangeCimarron Range, Sangre de Cristo Mountains
Topo mapUSGS Baldy Mountain

Philmont Scout Ranch

Baldy Mountain lies on the northwestern border of the Boy Scouts of America's Philmont Scout Ranch. The valleys on the eastern side of the peak are home to some of the many small camps that are scattered throughout the Ranch. Four wheel drive roads and a radio tower exist high on the western slopes. In 1963 Norton Clapp bought 10,098 acres (4,087 ha) around the mountain and donated it to the Boy Scouts of America.


Copper and gold were mined in the area starting in 1866, and the top of Baldy Mountain was developed as the Mystic Lode copper mine.[3] Other mines near Baldy Mountain were the Aztec, French Henry, Bull-of-the-Woods, Homestake, Black Horse, and Montezuma mines.[4] Mine workings and prospects are still evident on the slopes of the mountain as well. There are about 70 miles (110 km) of mines in the whole mountain. A total of $4 million was made from the gold in the mountain.

See also

  • "Baldy Mountain (NM)".


  1. "Baldy Mtn". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  2. "Baldy Mountain, New Mexico". Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  3. Butterfield, Mike; Greene, Peter (2006). Mike Butterfield's Guide to the Mountains of New Mexico. New Mexico Magazine Press. ISBN 978-0937206881.
  4. New Mexico. Bureau of Immigration (1896). The Mines of New Mexico: Inexhaustible Deposits of Gold and Silver, Copper, Lead, Iron and Coal. A Mineral Area Unequaled in Any State Or Territory for the Extent and Value of Its Mines. New Mexican printing Company.
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