Parmer County High Point Trip Report

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Date: November 12, 2000
Author: Scott Surgent

Today began very crisp and cold, with temperatures in the low 20s in Amarillo. I slept in and didn't get on the road until about 8 am. The Parmer County highpoint is located in a (surprise) farm field on the state line with New Mexico. From Amarillo I took US-60 to Friona, then FM-2013 out of Friona west to the state line area in the town of Rhea. Beware: Maps indicate that FM-1731 leads west out of Friona and connecting with FM-2013 a few miles later, but the signs in Friona say FM-2013 is the name of the highway.

The topo shows the highpoint area located about a half-mile south of the highway and a dirt road leading right to it, but the access to that dirt road from the highway has been erased, so I would have to try it from the south. I entered New Mexico, the highway now becoming NM-19. About 0.6 miles later, I turned south onto NM-108. The roads here aren't marked too well and I overshot the right road once, and basically tried a few until I found one that did what the map said it should. This road is 1.5 miles south along NM-108 from NM-19, but it did not have a name that I could see.

Follow this road east. It will pass two structures on the right, then make a hard left right on the state line. The road will then turn east once again (Road C). I parked here and walked up the aforementioned dirt road past a well on the right, another dirt road on the left and to another "thing" (well?) that seemed to agree with the map's indication of the highpoint area. I could sense a slight rise and when I was satisfied, I returned, overall a 1 mile walk.