Baldy Mountain is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.714m (12,185ft) above the sea level, located in Colfax County, in the U.S. state of New Mexico. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of New Mexico.
Nestled in the Cimarron Range of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the road to the summit is an old mine road. It’s totally unpaved, dangerous and steep. 4x4 vehicles only. Always check the weather forecast before you start your journey: adverse conditions are common. The area is notorious for its brutal monsoonal seasons with lots of lighting and rain/hail.
The peak is also known as Baldy Peak, Mount Baldy, or Old Baldy. The road is totally impassable in winters, often until July 4th or later. The trail is narrow with few places for passing so meeting someone can be a challenge. In order to drive this road up, you need a high clearance vehicle. The trail is very steep. Near the summit are remnants of Mystic Lode copper mine, an abandoned mine.
Pic: Sean Browning