Ladron Peak


Ladrón Peak is a separately situated and well visible mountain in the middle of New Mexico about 80 km southwest of Albuquerque. Ladron Peak is the only major peak in the Sierra Ladrones mentioned mountain range that lies between the Rio Puerco in the east and the Rio Salado to the southwest.

In spite of his volcano -like appearance and proximity to lava flows and smaller Vultanen is not a volcano but a mountain of granite from the Precambrian.


The name of the mountain is called " thief " and " Sierra Ladrones " are the " thieves mountains " because it raids by Navajos and Apaches, and later by Hispanics and Anglo -American cattle thieves were there who have used the mountains as hiding places. Prehistoric settlement has probably been around for more than 10,000 years occurred up to the time of the Mogollon and Anasazi culture. Today, the mountain is part of the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, which is managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The rest of the country belongs partly to the Bureau of Land Management and partly private landowners.