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Turtleback Mountain (Caballo Cone) seen from Elephant Butte State Park,
Timber Mountain in the background. 
Photo by author.

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 Jim Mimiaga of the Cortez Journal said, “Guide to the New Mexico Mountains, ignites an urge to head out and climb a peak, explore a river valley, check out a volcano or visit an ancient pueblo in the Land of Enchantment."

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Guide to the New Mexico Mountains 
2016 FINALIST New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards

Featured in New Mexico Magazine August 2017 Edition!

​   This website is dedicated to the unique beauty of New Mexico's Mountains, and to the book, Guide to the New Mexico Mountains 50th Anniversary Edition. The Guide is a must-have travel companion for exploring New Mexico's mountains,
parks, monuments, and history on suggested day trips. 
Click on the tabs above to find vintage and recent photographs, links, and blog. ​
The guidebook is available here, in Kindle, through Barns and Noble, and on  Find active direct links to parks,
pueblos, historical sites, and more in the Kindle edition.
With the 50th Anniversary Edition, Liesl Ungnade has updated, enlarged,
and edited her father's 1965 book for today's  traveler.
Hold the book and begin your journey into the New Mexico Mountains.




     The Guide to the New Mexico Mountains

Companion Illustrations,

is a large format collection of all of Dr. Ungnade's

hand penned illustrations - ridge drawings, maps, and sketched petroglyphs - created in the 1960s for the

first edition of his guidebook.  His daughter Liesl has brought them all together to showcase the details of each as they

depict New Mexico and its mountains

as they were over half a century ago.

Available through Barnes and Noble

Take the Guide  on your travel adventures!

Guide at the La Cueva trailhead in the Organ Mountains.  Photo courtesy of Betty and Eric Janes.

The Ortiz Mountains rise behind the Guide west of Madrid.  Photo by author.

Way below the Guide is the Rio Grande. 

Photo taken from the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge courtesy of Pam Smith and Dave Feela.

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