Sierra Madre Oriental

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointCerro el Potosí (3720 m/12,205 ft)
States/ProvincesCoahuila (27%), Tamaulipas (27%), Nuevo León (22%), San Luis Potosí (9%), Veracruz (8%), Hidalgo (5%), Puebla (2%), Querétaro (1%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area297,819 sq km / 114,988 sq mi
Area may include lowland areas
Extent1,116 km / 694 mi North-South
1,181 km / 734 mi East-West
Center Lat/Long24° 51' N; 99° 58' W
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Map of Sierra Madre Oriental
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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 Sierra Madre Oriental.
Central Mexican RangesLevel 2 (Parent)
         Sierra Madre OccidentalLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Mexican PlateauLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Sierra Madre OrientalLevel 3
         Mexican West Coast RangesLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Cordillera NeovolcanicaLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Sierra Madre del SurLevel 3 (Sibling)

Major Peaks of the Sierra Madre Oriental

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NamemftRange4
1.Cerro el Potosí372012,205 
2.Cerro San Rafael371512,188 
3.Sierra de la Marta3710+12,172+ 
4.Cerro El Morro370312,149 
5.Picacho San Onofre356311,690 
6.Cerro Peña Nevada3510+11,516+ 
7.Sierra El Viejo3500+11,483+ 
8.Sierra El Borrado342011,220 
9.Las Nieves336311,033 
10.Picacho El Venado3300+10,827+ 
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.

Photos of Peaks in the Sierra Madre Oriental

Cerro el Potosí
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Cerro Potosi from Dieciocho del Marzo. Summit antenna installation is visible (2007-02-19). Photo by Chris Earle.
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Picachos el Fraile
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The profile of the namesake "sapo/frog" is visible here from the south, in the town of Garcia. Big overhanging limestone cliffs make for an exciting ascent with plenty of exposure (2018-11-15). Photo by Adam Walker.
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