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Cerro Pedernal
Pedernal Mountain, NM.jpg
Pedernal viewed from Ghost Ranch
Highest point
Elevation 9,866 ft (3,007 m) NAVD 88
Prominence 1,362 ft (415 m)
Cerro Pedernal is located in New Mexico
Cerro Pedernal
Cerro Pedernal
Location in New Mexico
Location Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, U.S.
Parent range Jemez Mountains
Topo map USGS Youngsville

Cerro Pedernal, locally known as just "Pedernal", is a narrow mesa in northern New Mexico. The name is Spanish for "flint hill". The mesa lies on the north flank of the Jemez Mountains, south of Abiquiu Lake, in the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. Its caprock was produced in the Jemez Volcanic Field. Its highest point is 9,862 feet (3,006 meters).

Pedernal is the source of a chert used by the prehistoric Gallina people. Its cliffs are popular with rock climbers. Georgia O'Keeffe made many paintings of it, and her ashes were scattered on its top.

From near Coyote, New Mexico, in summer monsoon weather
From Youngsville, New Mexico, also in monsoon weather
View from summit in winter, looking north. Abiquiu Lake in foreground; Tusas Mountains on horizon
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