Oscura Mountains, New Mexico

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The Oscura Mountains are a landform located in the northern portion of White Sands Missile Base in Lincoln County, New Mexico, just north of the San Andres Mountains and east of Tularosa Valley. In Spanish, Oscura means “dark,” and this name references the dark volcanic formations and vegetation on the mountains. Within the range is North Oscura Peak, the location of the Air Force Research laboratory, which is associated with White Sands Missile Range.

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"View of the Oscura Mountains across Mockingbird Gap" by Patrick Alexander is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND.

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