Canyon Creek Mountains

The Canyon Creek Mountains are a short 10 mi (16 km) long, mountain range located in southeast Catron County, New Mexico near the source of the Gila River and north of the Gila Wilderness. The Elk Mountains are adjacent northwest, where the continental divide passes from north to east on the south of the Plains of San Agustin.

Canyon Creek Mountains
Canyon Creek Mountains
in New Mexico
Highest point
PeakEast Elk Mountain (Canyon Creek Mountains)
Elevation9,058 ft (2,761 m)
Coordinates33°29′49″N 108°15′53″W
Length10 mi (16 km) SW-NE
Width7 mi (11 km)
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
RegionGila National Forest
Continental Divide of the Americas
DistrictCatron County, NM
SettlementCollins Park, NM
(Aragon, NMApache Creek, NM)
Range coordinates33°29′49″N 108°15′53″W
Borders onElk Mountains-NW
FR 30-(O Bar O Road)-N
Gila Wilderness-S


The range is short, only about 10 mi long, trends southwest to northeast, and merges into the eastern end of the Elk Mountains, which trend northwesterly to meet the Continental Divide.

There are only two prominent peaks; in the southeast, and away from the main ridgeline, lies Cooney Point, at 8,580 feet (2,615 m). The highest point of the range is in the northeast at East Elk Peak, 9,058 feet (2,761 m).[1] The peak is located at 33.497008°N 108.264776°W / 33.497008; -108.264776 (East Elk Peak).[2]

Continental Divide

The Continental Divide undergoes an east-west stretch northwest of the mountains, and northwest of the adjacent Elk Mountains. Forest Road 30 lies north of East Elk Peak, crosses the divide twice north of the Elk Mountains, then parallels the divide as it traverses through the Tularosa Mountains. Forest Road 30 terminates at Apache Creek, NM and intersects with State Roads 12 and 32.


  1. New Mexico, DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer, p. 36-37.
  2. East Elk Summit, mountainzone
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