La Mosca

La Mosca

La Mosca is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.364m (11,036ft) above the sea level, located in Cibola County, in the U.S. state of New Mexico. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of New Mexico.

The road to the summit, located within the Cibola National Forest, is gravel and rocky. It’s called Forest Service Road 453. It’s impassable in winters. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. It offers tremendous views to the east, south, and west. Expect frequent lightning strikes. 4x4 required. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep. At the summit there’s a lookout tower. It was built in the 1960s and replaced an L-4 lookout dating to the early 1930s. For your safety, be sure to check the weather forecast before you begin your trip. If there is a thunderstorm in the area, please do not visit a lookout.
Pic: Luis Garcia

 

NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.