Cerro Pedernal facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsCerro Pedernal
Pedernal viewed from Ghost Ranch
|Elevation||9,866 ft (3,007 m) NAVD 88|
|Prominence||1,362 ft (415 m)|
|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.
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