The mesa as seen from Tooth Ridge
|Elevation||8,594 ft (2,619 m) NAVD 88|
|Location||Colfax County, New Mexico, U.S.|
|Topo map||USGS Coyote Mesa|
Urraca Mesa is a large mesa located in Colfax County in northern New Mexico, U.S., on the property of Philmont Scout Ranch. It reaches an elevation of 8,594 feet (2,619 m). The mesa has a long history of mythical and supernatural associations, dating to the local indigenous tribes.
The name comes from the Spanish word for magpie from ancient Native American legends.
Flora and fauna
Urraca Mesa is relatively flat with the exception of a protruding plateau, which contains a freshwater source.[clarification needed] It is known for having the highest number of lightning strikes anywhere in New Mexico.
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