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
Highest point
Elevation8,594 ft (2,619 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Coordinates36°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]
Urraca Mesa is located in New Mexico
Urraca Mesa
Urraca Mesa
LocationColfax County, New Mexico, U.S.
Topo mapUSGS 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[edit]

The mesa is covered in Ponderosa pine. Black bears, wild turkeys, deer and mountain lions are among its inhabitants.


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.

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.