The Apache Kid, an Indian who raised the anger of local ranchers with his raids, was hunted down and killed here. A tree was blazed at the site of the Kid’s undoing, a blaze still visible today. This terrain in the southern San Mateo Mountains is extremely rugged with many narrow and steep canyons bisecting high mountain peaks. Elevations rise to over 10,000 feet and the vegetation is typical of this region of New Mexico: pinyon-juniper woodlands lower down, spruce and fir and aspen higher up, ponderosa pine in between. The wildlife diversity finds few equals within the state in diversity: Coue’s white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, black bear, bobcat, cougar, antelope, javelina, coyote, rabbit, squirrel, quail and turkey to name some of the more common animals.