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Southern Great Plains

Range TypeGeographically-defined sub-range
Highest PointFishers Peak Mesa (9632 ft/2936 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesTexas (64%), Oklahoma (14%), New Mexico (7%), Louisiana (7%), Kansas (5%), Colorado (3%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area362,360 sq mi / 938,513 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent863 mi / 1,389 km North-South
907 mi / 1,459 km East-West
Center Lat/Long32° 5' N; 97° 1' W
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Map of Southern Great Plains
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Southern Great Plains.
Great PlainsLevel 3 (Parent)
         Canadian Great PlainsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Northern US Great PlainsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Black HillsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Central Great PlainsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Southern Great PlainsLevel 4
                 Raton MesasLevel 5 (Child)
                 Plains of the Oklahoma Panhandle AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Plains of Central Oklahoma and South-Central KansaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Llano EstacadoLevel 5 (Child)
                 Intra Red-Canadian River AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Plains of Central TexasLevel 5 (Child)
                 Plains of East TexasLevel 5 (Child)
                 Edwards PlateauLevel 5 (Child)
                 Plains of South TexasLevel 5 (Child)
                 Plains of South LouisianaLevel 5 (Child)



Major Peaks of the Southern Great Plains

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.Fishers Peak Mesa96322936Raton Mesas
2.Fishers Peak96272934Raton Mesas
3.Bartlett Mesa88822707Raton Mesas
4.Laughlin Peak88182688Raton Mesas
5.Sierra Grande87202658Raton Mesas
6.Johnson Mesa86582639Raton Mesas
7.Towndrow Peak86242629Raton Mesas
8.Dale Mountain8480+2585+Raton Mesas
9.Pine Butte West84352571Raton Mesas
10.Red Mountain84232567Raton Mesas
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.Fishers Peak Mesa96322936Raton Mesas
2.Luciano Mesa5580+1701+Llano Estacado
3.Winchester Mesa4150+1265+Plains of the Oklahoma Panhandle Area
4.Reagan County High Point2960902Edwards Plateau
5.Gunboat Mountain2940+896+Intra Red-Canadian River Area
6.Scurry County High Point2840866Plains of Central Texas
7.Kiowa County High Point2450747Plains of Central Oklahoma and South-Central Kansa
8.Young County High Point1522464Plains of East Texas
9.Webb County High Point940+287+Plains of South Texas
10.Sabine Parish High Point490149Plains of South Louisiana



Photos of Peaks in the Southern Great Plains

Fishers Peak Mesa
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Beginning of the hike at the locked gate at San Miguel ruins (2020-05-13). Photo by Sue Personett.
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Fishers Peak
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The burn area on the north side of Fishers Peak at about 8500 feet (2018-06-12). Photo by Sue Personett.
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Laughlin Peak
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Laughlin Peak from the junction of NM-193 and Laughlin Peak Road (CR-8) (2019-05-06). Photo by Fred Brown.
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Palo Blanco Mountain
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The north side of Palo Blanco from NM-193 (2019-05-06). Photo by Fred Brown.
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Capulin Mountain
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Capulin Volcano from Highway 325 (2010-08-14). Photo by Peter Stone.
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Green Mountain
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Green Mountain from NM-193 (2019-05-06). Photo by Fred Brown.
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Horseshoe Crater
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Horseshoe Crater, near Capulin Volcano, viewed east of Des Moines, NM (2013-06). Photo by Charles Baxter.
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Black Mesa

This beautiful granite monument atop the flat expanse of Black Mesa marks the highest spot in Oklahoma (1989-04-23).
Two Buttes
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Two Buttes - Prowers County, CO (2017-04-14). Photo by Zackary Michek.
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Lighthouse Peak
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With #5 grandson, Brice (studying at UT in Lubbock), at Lighthouse Peak (2016-02-14). Photo by Ben Lostracco.
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