New Mexico Summits and Passes - Paved - Approach heights

- approach heights are divided into groups of 500 feet
- tabulation order: highest approach group first
- within each group approaches are sorted by average grade
- the first grade figure is average uphill grade. It does not consider drops in elevation
- the second optional grade figure considers drops in elevation, averaging both drops and climb grades.
- both grade figures do not consider elevation differences smaller than 100ft, and underestimate the true climb.
- all approaches in this table are entirely paved. But the other approach to the same pass may not be.
- approach height is the difference between starting point and high point
- each approach may be presented by multiple rows. The difference is the starting point.
- only the highest entry for each approach is linked.
- approach type: L: low point; S: summit  ( or point of highest elevation; not necessarily pass elevation ); W: waypoint ( between summit and low point )






Approach Height
avg grade
Pass/Summit
Approach from
drop
distance
max elevation
apr. type
4999ft<-4500ft






4520
4.4/4.6
NM244 summit(u): Cloudcroft area
South: jct:US70-US82, south of Alamogordo
~100ft
19+1/2miles
8990
L->S
4499ft<-4000ft






4480
1.7/2.5
NM244 summit(u): Cloudcroft area North: jctU70-US54, Tulorosa
~1000ft
50miles
8990
L->S
3999ft<-3500ft






3499ft<-3000ft






2999ft<-2500ft







2938
3.5
Emory Pass East: Hillsboro
-
16miles
8228
L->S
2588
3.2/3.9
Emory Pass
West: NM89 crossing Mimbres River south of Lorenzo
~300
15+1/2
8228
L->S
2499ft<-2000ft






2299
3.2/3.5
Holman Hill Summit
West: Mora
~100
13+1/2
9469
L->S
2161
2.2
Palo Flechado Pass
West: south of Taos: jct: NM585-NM68
-
18+1/2
9101
L->S
2671
1.4/1.7
Palo Flechado Pass East: town of Cimarron
-
36+1/2
9101
L->S
1999ft<-1500ft






1769
3.2
San Agustin Pass West: turnoff to White Sands Missile Range
-
10+1/2
5719
L->S
1502
2.7
US Hill Summit
North: Talpa
-
10+1/2
8542
L->S
1719
2.2
Holman Hill Summit
East: jct NM518 to US Hill-NM75
-
14+1/2
9469
L->S
1589
2.2
San Agustin Pass
East: first I70 service road access, Las Cruces
-
13+1/2
5719
L->S
1500
1.2/1.8
Glorieta Pass
East: I25 low point, just west of jct with NM3
~300ft
23miles
7580
L->S
1740
.8/1.1
Abo Pass
West: jct:NM308-NM47 Belen
~300ft
40
6550
L->S
1499ft<-1000ft






999ft<-500ft






741
4.7
Palo Flechado Pass
East: Aqua Fria
-
3
9191
W->S
752
4.1
US Hill Summit
South: jct NM75-NM518
-
3+1/2
8542
L->S
620
2.6
Glorieta Pass
West: Canoncito
-
4+1/2
7580
L->S