San Mateo Peak

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico 87901

San Mateo Peak

San Mateo Peak Professional Review and Guide

"A day hike to a high peak in the heart of the remote Apache Kid Wilderness.

The trail to San Mateo Peak, described here, is probably the most popular in the mountains, which does not mean much. The San Mateos are one of the least visited mountain ranges in New Mexico. What little visitation occurs is usually restricted to the roads and campgrounds. Even on summer weekends and during deer season, you will probably see few people on this trail. Other trails are even more likely to be deserted. Come to the San Mateos for solitude or if you’re hiding from the IRS."

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Trail Information

Truth or Consequences
Nearby City
2,779 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5-7 hours
May through November
7,360 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,139 feet
Top Elevation
Additional Use
Cibola National Forest, PO Box 45, Magdalena, NM 87825; (575) 854-2281
Local Contacts
Cibola National Forest–Magdalena Ranger District; Vicks Peak 7.5-minute USGS quad
Local Maps