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Thanks for pointing this out! I readded the thumbnail so that it at least won't show up as "Page Deleted".
FYI - Two external links at the bottom of the page appear to be permanently out of commission:
America's Roof website and Ryan Cragun's website.
ryan craguns website appears to be moved to
Thanks for the comments, both of you! these links were added by another user back in the SP, ver 1 days, so I've removed all the personal website links and replaced them with the official link to the Nature Conservancy. Best Regards!
We located what we hoped would be and turned out to be a very nice place to stay, Black Mesa B&B. It is right on the road north from 325, maybe 2 miles north and about 2 miles from the trailhead, which is quite well marked. The owners, Monty and Vikki Roberts are personable and eager to please and do furnish, as advertised, a country breakfast. They also permitted us to use the kitchen in their 100 year old ranch house to prepare our dinners. We arrived late afternoon on October 14, 2014, hiked the peak on October 15 and spent that night. Accommodations were comfortable and adequate with the hospitality of the hosts more than making up for any shortcomings. We stayed in the downstairs room in the main house. There is a new cabin on the property that costs a little more also. The guests in it were quite content also. We would return.
The hike itself was fun on a gorgeous if slightly too warm (84 degrees) day. Since a year ago winter arrived in early October in the Plains we were pleased.
We would also highly recommend the Black Mesa B&B. While we didn't get the opportunity to stay there, Vicki did us a huge favor out of the goodness of her heart. Good people.
We spotted a herd of Bighorn sheep near their property.
We had perfect temperatures for our hike to the top of Black Mesa. It was a great day.
+1 recommendation for the Black Mesa B&B. Comfortable, quiet, very accommodating hosts. We stayed in the "Sunrise Cabin".
We approached the area from the north in Colorado (southbound 385). At Campo, we travelled west on CR J and then south on CR 13. Both were dirt roads and probably didn't save us much time over taking 385 all the way to 325, but the scenery was very interesting--including a sign proclaiming a ranch "Poverty Acres." CR 13 eventually intersects with 325. We travelled west on 325 and turned north on NS 3.8 which took us to the trailhead.
We are coming from NC in May and renting a RV to do 8 High Point states. So we are trying to calculate each HP its time from parking lot/trailhead to summit, parking area, road condition coming in etc. Could you please post info about the parking area, the one way distance to the summit, and are there trail options to take, is the road to the trailhead paved?...thank you.
found info on http://www.bestoklahomatrails.com/blackmesatrail.html
Just a heads up that the Black Mesa trail is closed right now due to a fire on top of it, along with little brush fires down below it.
We did stop in at the Black Mesa B&B and chatted with the owners for a bit, and they are super nice people! We’ll definitely be staying there when we come back to bag this high point!
In May of 2018, we approached from the east, driving in on the dirt road that leads to the Mesa Valley Guest House about .42km, and then turning west on a slightly worse dirt road (the road was open, decent, and with some care passable in a minivan) approx 1.4km to a barbed wire cattle gate (which was closed but not locked). Gate is here:
The road to the west past the gate deteriorated a bit and was impassable with our minivan. (If you travel past the gate, please leave the gate as you found it.)
The 1.7km hike from the gate west up to the top of Black Mesa was fairly easy, but I might suggest boots, as there are small cactus & rattlesnakes eking out a living in the low grass.