Venado Peak is the highest and the most central peak in the Latir Peak Wilderness of northern New Mexico and is the 10th highest
(New Mexico Highest List
) peak in the entire state of New Mexico. Because of it's central location, Venado has a spectacular 360 view of the surrounding wilderness. Although Venado is an easy hike to the summit, the views alone are worth the effort as you will most likely be alone in the center of this pristine wilderness. Several fourteen thousand foot mountains in southern Colorado can be viewed as well as several thirteen thousand foot mountains in New Mexico.
Approaching Venado Peak from Latir Mesa. (Photo by SteveF
The Latir Peak Wilderness is located about 10 miles north (as the crow flies) of Red River, New Mexico in the Sangre De Christo Mountain Range and is also located within the Carson National Forest.