April 2, 2013 · 8:00 AM
The Pejon Wilderness or Mesa is west of Cuba NM on Hwy 197(?). It's located in the checkerboard area. I've been there a few times and it has the largest collection of petrofied wood that you will see in New Mexico. This is NOT a wood collecting expedition! Having said that, I realize that you all are free and at least 21 so I can't expect to control you and won't try. I believe that BLM regulations state that you may collect 25 pounds of rocks a day on it's property, unless otherwise prohibited. I'm not personally aware of any prohibitions in this area. The Pejon area is made up of long ridges, small rolling hills, and deep ditches. All of which are covered with the best looking petrified wood in the area. The driving distance one way is about 100 miles with the last 10 being on gravel/dirt roads. Most any vehicle with a little bit of clearance can make this trip. Hiking distance will be around 4-8 miles, with an elevation gain of something around 500 feet. NO DOG or WHINERS! Friends, lovers, truck drivers, conservatives, and liberals are welcome. I would rate this hike as MODERATE+, because I know you'll be heavier coming back. This hike will depart from the parking lot at 8:01 AM, so if you need an extra 15 minutes to get there, you'll be too late. For more information call me at[masked] or ask your questions on this site.