We made such good time the first day of our trip to Minnesota that even losing an hour with the time-zone change we had time to take in a short hike. Luckily we found a hike within a few miles of the motel, Tucumcari Mountain. Although there was a road heading up the mountain, after a long day in the car we needed to stretch our legs so chose to hike in on foot. On the hike we encountered quite a variety of interesting terrain and rock formations along with some great views of the area. Although we did not see any notices along our route, upon further research after returning from our trip we found the mountain is now private property. However it appears it is possible to gain permission to hike the mountain.
Being curious about how Tucumcari got its name this is what I found:
The Legend of Tucumcari Mountain has been handed down from mouth to mouth by Indian tribes.
"Wautonomah, Chief Apache, knew that he would soon die and was troubled over the matter of who his successor would be. His two finest braves were Tonopah and Tocom, enemies and deadly rivals for the hand of Kari, the daughter of Wautonomah. But Kari loved Tocom and hated Tonopah.
So, Wautonomah called Tonopah and Tocom to his side and said: "Soon, I must die and one of you must succeed me as Chief. Tonight you must take your long knives and meet in combat to settle the matter between you, and he who survives shall be Chief and have for his squaw, Kari, my daughter."
So the two rivals met and hurled themselves upon one another in deadly combat; but unknown to either, Kari had concealed herself nearby, and as the knife of Tonopah found the heart of Tocom, she rushed from her hiding place and plunged her knife into the heart of Tonopah. Then, taking Tocom's knife, she stabbed herself in grief.
When Wautonomah was led to the scene, he was heartbroken. Seizing Kari's knife, he plunged it into his heart, crying in agony, "Tocom-Kari." The old Chief's dying utterance lives on today with a slight change to "Tucumcari," and the scene of the tragedy is now famous legendary Tucumcari Mountain."