Massacre Peak

Massacre Peak, a summit at an elevation of 5,667 feet (1,727 m) in the Cookes Range in Luna County, New Mexico.

Massacre Peak
Massacre Peak
Location in New Mexico
Highest point
Elevation5,667 ft (1,727 m) NGVD 29[1]
Coordinates32°26′41″N 107°40′30″W[2]
LocationLuna County, New Mexico, U.S.
Parent rangeCookes Range
Topo mapUSGS Massacre Peak


The route of the Southern Emigrant Trail passed just north of this peak as did the San Antonio-San Diego Mail Line, Butterfield Overland Mail, and other stagecoach lines.

The peaks name refers to the time of the Apache Wars following the Bascom Affair when the Apache destroyed most of the stations and many coaches and killed many of the station staff, drivers and passengers. Many violent incidents followed such as the Battle of Cookes Canyon.

Near the end of the American Civil War, Fort Cummings was established two miles (3.2 km) northeast of the peak, near Cooke's Spring and stage station.[3]


  1. "Massacre Peak". Retrieved 2014-02-13.
  2. "Massacre Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
  3. Parker, William Thornton (1968) [1916]. "Annals of old Fort Cummings, New Mexico, 1867-8". Fort Davis, Tex.: Frontier Book. OCLC 2201299.
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