The Cookes Range (Cooke's Range, Cooks Range or Cook's Range) is a small, 17-mi (27 km) long mountain range in northern Luna County, New Mexico, which extends slightly north into southeastern Grant County. The range is a southern continuation of the Mimbres Mountains, itself the southeast portion of the extensive north-south running Black Range. The Cookes Range is surrounded by lower elevation areas of the northwest Chihuahuan Desert.
Eastern side of Cookes Range
|Peak||Cookes Peak (Cookes Range)|
|Elevation||8,408 ft (2,563 m)|
|Length||17 mi (27 km) N-S|
|Width||8 mi (13 km)|
Nutt, Lake Valley
|Borders on||Whitehorse Mountain-NW|
Good Sight Mountains-ESE
Deming, NM & Florida Mtns-S
|Topo map||USGS Massacre Peak|
Cookes Range is about 17 mi long, and about 8 mi at its widest. The range is a basin and range north-south trending uplift with a center-north section intruded by granodiorite which forms Cookes Peak, 8,408 feet (2,563 m). Cookes Peak is at the head of OK Canyon, which exits the range eastwards. South of OK Canyon is a transverse ridgeline, across the range west to east, named Rattlesnake Ridge. One other larger peak occurs in the mountains and hills in the southern part of the range, Massacre Peak, at 5,667 feet (1,727 m). Other outlying lower elevation hills occur, east and west, in the north section, as the Cookes Range merges into the lower elevations of the Mimbres Mountains section of the Black Range.
Environment and ecology
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