Buckman Mesa sits right along the Rio Grande River across and a little northeast from the  town of White Rock, NM. This area is northwest of Santa Fe.

On May 8th., I hiked with the ASCHG up to the mesa, then across the mesa and up to the top of Otowi Peak. Elevation at the trail head is 5,468 feet (1,666m) and at the top of Otowi Peak it is 6,542 feet (1,994m) for an elevation gain of 1,074 feet (327m). Took 2 hours to hike the 2.1 miles to the peak. Winds were pretty brisk on the peak, but settled down while we were eating lunch. Good views in all directions. There is a USGS survey marker at the top (see the pics). I saw one of those on my Cerro Grande hike, too (see earlier post).

And we actually saw a horned toad on the mesa (see the pics)! That is the first horned toad I have seen since I was a kid living in West Texas. Back then, they were everywhere. Now, they are on the endangered list.