Urraca Mesa

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Urraca Mesa
Philmont Scout Ranch Urraca Mesa from Tooth of Time.jpg
The mesa as seen from Tooth Ridge
Elevation 8,594 ft (2,619 m) NAVD 88[1]
Urraca Mesa is located in New Mexico
Urraca Mesa
Urraca Mesa
Location Colfax County, New Mexico, U.S.
Coordinates 36°24′49″N 104°59′53″W / 36.4136471°N 104.9980592°W / 36.4136471; -104.9980592Coordinates: 36°24′49″N 104°59′53″W / 36.4136471°N 104.9980592°W / 36.4136471; -104.9980592[2]
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.

Flora and fauna[edit]

The mesa is covered in Ponderosa pine. Black bears, wild turkey, deer and mountain lions are among the fauna that can be spotted.


Urraca Mesa itself is relatively flat with the exception of a higher protruding plateau. A fine freshwater source is located on this higher plateau.


In the summer, violent storms roll in from the west almost every afternoon.[citation needed]

A nearly vertical cliff that makes up part of Urraca Mesa


  1. ^ "Urraca Mesa, New Mexico". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  2. ^ "Urraca Mesa". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2014-02-17.