Few peaks match the awesome grandeur of Sierra Blanca. At just below 12,000 feet in elevation, Sierra Blanca looms intimidatingly large from the sandy deserts and rangelands that surround the compact range. From some vantage points, there are nearly 8,000 feet of elevation differential between the viewer and the summit. Its snow-capped summit is visible well into the summer, from the sizzling deserts below.
Sierra Blanca has many superlatives: it is the highest mountain in southern New Mexico and the highest ‘southern’ mountain in the mainland USA (i.e. any higher US peaks are north of Sierra Blanca’s latitude, and the next higher peaks south are in Mexico). It also has the highest prominence in New Mexico at over 5,000 feet above its defining saddle. The views from the summit are simply awesome. Sierra Blanca is the highpoint of Otero county, and for peak baggers, nearby Lookout Mountain is the highpoint of neighboring Lincoln county.
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