Mesa Redonda

"Mesa Redonda" is Spanish for "round mesa," but this is actually two mesas facing each other. One is shaped like a horseshoe and the other is slightly rounded. At one time, Mesa Redonda was the ideal hangout for a gang of outlaws and cattle thieves, which was broken up by posses in the early 1890s. The area was also used by the early settlers for ranching, and it was described as having only two cattle trails leading to the top." (From

Photo: Postcard "Sand Rock Sisterns, Mesa Redonda, N. Mex." (cisterns is spelled wrong) Nowell Photo (Dawson, New Mexico) ca. 1916

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