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Cabezon Peak
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Cabezon Peak at sunrise
Highest point
Elevation 7,785 ft (2,373 m)
Prominence 1,508 ft (460 m)
Isolation 10.35 mi (16.66 km)
Parent peak Pt 9114
Cabezon Peak is located in New Mexico
Cabezon Peak
Cabezon Peak
Location in New Mexico
Cabezon Peak is located in the United States
Cabezon Peak
Cabezon Peak
Location in the United States
Location Sandoval County, New Mexico, US
Parent range Colorado Plateau
Topo map USGS Cabezon Peak
Type of rock basalt
Easiest route class 3+ scrambling

Cabezon Peak is a large volcanic plug that is a prominent feature in northwestern New Mexico. It rises to 7,785 feet (2,373 meters) in elevation, and nearly 2,000 feet above the floor of the Rio Puerco Valley. Cabezon Peak is two miles south of the old ghost town of Cabezon and the Rio Puerco. This volcanic neck is formed of basalt and is part of the Mount Taylor volcanic field. A volcanic neck or plug is formed when magma from an existing volcano solidifies in the pipe or neck and the surrounding sediment is eroded away. Marine Cretaceous rocks of the Mancos Shale and Point Lookout Sandstone are exposed around the base of Cabezon Peak.

Cabezon means “big head” in Spanish. This stems from a Navajo myth which holds that it is the head of the giant Ye’i-tsoh after being slain by the twins Nayenezgani and To’badzistsini.


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