The airplane was destroyed when it impacted terrain at 1931 Mountain time. Night visual conditions prevailed; the Private pilot was fatally injured. According to Albuquerque (ABQ) Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC), the pilot was receiving radar flight following for the cross-country flight. The pilot reported in with ABQ ARTCC at 1918 at an altitude of 11,500 feet msl. No further communications were made and radar contact was lost. The airplane impacted in a 45-degree nose-down attitude and debris was scattered in a 400-foot radius around the main wreckage.