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Bennett Peak
Bennett Peak (Navajo Volcanic Field, northwestern New Mexico, USA).jpg
East aspect
Highest point
Elevation 6,471 ft (1,972 m)
Prominence 771 ft (235 m)
Isolation 9.2 mi (14.8 km)
Parent peak Two Grey Hills (6,591 ft)
Geography
Bennett Peak is located in New Mexico
Bennett Peak
Bennett Peak
Location in New Mexico
Bennett Peak is located in the United States
Bennett Peak
Bennett Peak
Location in the United States
Location San Juan County, New Mexico, US
Parent range Chuska Mountains
Colorado Plateau
Topo map USGS Little Water
Geology
Age of rock Oligocene
Mountain type Volcanic plug
Type of rock Volcanic breccia
Climbing
First ascent 1992
Easiest route class 5.8 climbing

Bennett Peak is a 6,471-foot (1,972 meter) elevation summit located on Navajo Nation land in San Juan County of northwest New Mexico, United States. It is a landmark set one mile west of U.S. Route 491, along with Ford Butte on the opposite side of the highway. Bennett Peak is one of the major diatremes of the Four Corners area, and with significant relief as it rises 1,175 feet (358 meters) above the high-desert plain. It is situated about 22 miles (35 km) south of Shiprock, the most famous of these diatremes. Bennett Peak is set in the northeastern part of the Navajo Volcanic Field, a volcanic field that includes intrusions and flows of minette and other unusual igneous rocks which formed around 30 million years ago during the Oligocene. Bennett Peak lies within the Chaco River drainage basin.

History

US Army Lt. James H. Simpson of the United States Corps of Topographical Engineers passed here on August 30, 1849, and recorded in his journal about these splendid peaks. Bennett Peak was later named after Major Frank Tracy Bennett (1840–1894), 9th Cavalry, who served as agent to the Navajos from 1869 to 1871 and 1880–81. This geographical feature's name was officially adopted in 1915 by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. The Navajo name for this peak, Tsézhin ‘Ií’áhí, means "Trap rocks sticking up". The first ascent of this peak was made in 1992 by Cameron Burns and Luke Laeser. Scenes from the 2014 movie "Beyond the Reach" were filmed at Bennett Peak.

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Climate

According to the Köppen climate classification system, Bennett Peak is located in a semi-arid climate zone with cold winters and hot summers. Climate data for Shiprock, New Mexico, 30 miles to the north.

Climate data for Shiprock, NM
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 66
(18.9)
78
(25.6)
83
(28.3)
91
(32.8)
99
(37.2)
107
(41.7)
109
(42.8)
106
(41.1)
99
(37.2)
92
(33.3)
78
(25.6)
72
(22.2)
109
(-17.8)
Average high °F (°C) 43.0
(6.11)
50.6
(10.33)
59.9
(15.5)
70.0
(21.11)
79.8
(26.56)
90.1
(32.28)
94.6
(34.78)
91.9
(33.28)
85.1
(29.5)
72.4
(22.44)
56.2
(13.44)
44.1
(6.72)
69.81
(21.005)
Average low °F (°C) 15.7
(-9.06)
21.5
(-5.83)
27.5
(-2.5)
34.9
(1.61)
43.8
(6.56)
51.2
(10.67)
58.8
(14.89)
57.3
(14.06)
48.0
(8.89)
36.0
(2.22)
25.1
(-3.83)
16.9
(-8.39)
36.39
(2.44)
Record low °F (°C) -18
(-27.8)
-14
(-25.6)
2
(-16.7)
9
(-12.8)
15
(-9.4)
28
(-2.2)
30
(-1.1)
33
(0.6)
21
(-6.1)
10
(-12.2)
0
(-17.8)
-26
(-32.2)
-26
(-17.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.46
(11.7)
0.46
(11.7)
0.54
(13.7)
0.41
(10.4)
0.51
(13)
0.29
(7.4)
0.66
(16.8)
1.00
(25.4)
0.80
(20.3)
0.78
(19.8)
0.52
(13.2)
0.57
(14.5)
7
(177.8)
Snowfall inches (cm) 1.6
(4.1)
0.7
(1.8)
0.6
(1.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.2
(0.5)
1.0
(2.5)
4.1
(10.4)
Source: http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?nm8284
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