Point of Rocks National Historic District

Colfax County New Mexico

SFT photo

Photo by Michael E. Pitel

The promontory known as Point of Rocks is a narrow rocky-sloped mesa with a spring at its south base. Located on the Gaines Ranch, it affords visitors unspoiled, serene vistas of the Great Plains, SFT ruts, the grave of Isaac Allen (pictured) who died in 1848, and 11 unmarked graves.

Certified Site of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. Point of Rocks, with its vantage points and year-round spring, was a popular campsite for various Indian buffalo-hunting parties and SFT caravans traveling the Mountain Route. Numerous teepee rings, 11 unmarked graves and sweeping views of SFT ruts can be seen there.

    Location Information

  • View the Google Map for this site (lat-long decimal degrees, NAD27) 36.42038 -104.15119
  • Contact Information

  • Faye Gaines
  • HCR 60, Box 27
  • Springer, NM 87747
  • Phone: (575)485-2473