The New Mexico Geographic Names Committee has been asked by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (USBGN) to respond to a proposal to name a hill with a summit at 5,611 feet north of Rio Rancho as Loma Coyote, Spanish for “Coyote Hill,” after the numerous coyotes seen there.
It is located at latitude 35.316153, longitude -106.665967, north of Paseo del Volcan, slightly west of Cleveland High School. The hill is entirely on undeveloped private land, and it currently has no name in federal databases.
Whatever name is approved by the USBGN will be the only name that may be used on federal maps and publications, including those by federal contractors.
It is my intent as chair of the committee to make a recommendation to USBGN, giving preference to which name is used and preferred by the local people, particularly tribal names. Please submit any opinions or questions to me.
Zachary Stauber, chairman
NM Geographic Names Committee
121 Tijeras Ave. NE, Ste. 1000
Albuquerque, NM 87102-3400