Burro Peak is the highest point in the Big Burro Mountains. It is located in the Gila National Forest about 15 miles southwest of Silver City. Burro Peak is a virtually unknown mountain. With a modest elevation of 8,035’, it attracts almost no attention. The nearby Jacks Peak, which is 49’ lower but home to a radio tower array, has a road to its summit and thus is visited more often. However, the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) now runs directly over Burro Peak, so it appears the peak is starting to receive more visitors. Burro Peak does have one notable characteristic. With a prominence of 2,000’, it ranks dead last among the 1,208 contiguous US prominent peaks.
From Silver City, drive south on State Highway 80 for about 12 miles. Turn right just past the Tyrone Open Pit Mine onto Forest Road 136. The road is marked by a small sign, but it’s easy to miss. This is also known as Tyrone Thompson Road. Drive a few miles up the road until you reach a small Gila National Forest sign on the left side of the road. This is also easy to miss. About a ½-mile past the sign, you will see an unmarked road off to the left. This is the start of the CDT trail to Burro Peak. Turn left into the parking area, which is marked by CDT trail sign, and also a 4249F road marker.
Contact the Gila National Forest, Silver City Ranger District for the latest conditions. Their number is 505-388-8201.
Topo Map: Burro Peak.
Forest Map: Gila National Forest.
There are no developed campgrounds near Burro Peak.
External LinksNew Mexico Prominence Map
Gila National Forest