Otero County Highpoint Trip Report
Date: November 6, 2004
We took US-50 East to CO-71 at Rocky Ford, then south to US-350 and southwest to the ghost town of
Bloom. We noticed that some of the towns on the Delorme map no longer existed in this barren land.
We saw the stone structures on the south side of the highway, then made the long drive up confusing ranch
roads in the Comanche National Grassland to the first reservoir.
These roads would be nasty in muddy conditions, as evidenced by numerous ruts in the road.
My odometer read 7 miles from the highway but we
went right at one point when we should have stayed left.
We started our hike at noon, so we were keeping pretty close to my time projections so far. This is a pretty
area although desolate, with plenty of junipers, bluffs, and jackrabbits. We also saw quite a few antelope in
the area. We left the road when it started heading northwest, then we climbed the bluff and hit most of the
5,260-foot closed contours on the edge of the bluff. We gained the highpoint in about 40 minutes at the Las
Animas-Otero fence line on the edge of the bluff.
There are great views of the Spanish Peaks, the Culebra range, Greenhorn, and Pikes Peak from here.
We dropped off the bluff and angled southeast back to the road.
We were back at our car in 25 minutes (about 2.8 miles and 135 feet of elevation gain).
Author: Kevin Baker