Cabezon Peak is the largest of over 50 volcanic plugs in the Rio Puerco Valley of north-central New Mexico between the villages of San Isidro and Cuba. At 7,785 feet the peak offers incredible views of the surrounding countryside, including the Sandia Mountains, Mount Taylor, The Rio Grande Valley, The Jemez Mountains and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The peak is part of the Mount Taylor volcanic field.
The name "Cabezon" comes from the Spanish noun "Cabeza," or "head." Thus, "big head" for Cabezon Peak. The peak is religiously vital for both the Pueblo and the Navajo Indians.
The volcanic plugs formed from the erosion of a volcano that had pushed through the sedimentary rock layers deposited millions of years ago when the area was part of a vast inland sea. The volcano's central neck filled with magma and solidified, and was resistant to the erosion forces that later took away the rest of the volcano.
Camping is allowed in the area, but motorized vehicles are required to stay on the roads.
Muchas Gracias to our friend, Joe Warner, who took and guided us on this trip, and helped us with the names of the various formations. Joe has been hiking there for years, and saved us hours and hours of research time because of his knowledge of the area. If we've ever had a better guide, we don't know when it was!
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