Trip Planner:   USA  /  New Mexico  /  Taos County  /  Wildlife Areas  /  Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area

Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area, Taos County

(65+ reviews on the web)
Wildlife Area
Wheeler Peak is the highest natural point in the U.S. state of New Mexico. It is located northeast of Taos and south of Red River in the northern part of the state, and just southeast of the ski slopes of Taos Ski Valley. It lies in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the southernmost subrange of the Rocky Mountains. The peak's elevation is.Formerly named Taos Peak, after the nearby town of Taos, New Mexico, it was renamed Wheeler Peak in 1950. A plaque at the summit states that the mountain was:Named in honor of Major George Montague Wheeler (1842–1905) who for ten years led a party of surveyors and naturalists collecting geologic, biologic, planimetric and topographic data in New Mexico and six other southwestern states.Nearby peaks and featuresJust north of Wheeler Peak is Mount Walter. At 13141ft it is the second highest named summit in New Mexico, but it is not usually considered an independent peak as it has only about 53ft of topographic prominence. It is sometimes mistaken for Wheeler Peak, since it is along the standard route to Wheeler. Lake Fork Peak at 12881ft lies just across Williams Lake and to the west of Wheeler Mountain.Taos Ski Valley lies to the northwest of Wheeler Peak, while both the town of Taos and Taos Pueblo are about 15mi to the southwest.
To visit Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area and get the most from your holiday in Taos Ski Valley, create itinerary details personal to you using our Taos Ski Valley trip itinerary builder.
Source
Create a full Taos Ski Valley itinerary

(Taos Ski Valley is the nearest city to Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area)

map

Plan your trip to Taos County

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Taos County by other users

8 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 10 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Colorado Springs & New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, popular PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in New Mexico & Pagosa Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Taos BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM BELGIUM July, teens, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 17 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM BELGIUM July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 5 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 10 days in Taos County BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We just hiked this mtn on 5/28/17. The entire trail to the top is still snow covered and I would not recommend hiking it without crampons and poles. The trail is visible at the very top, maybe last 50...  more »
  • We camped out at the Taos ski area. Then hiked from there to the peak. Difficult but rewarding! Hike from base up, but then hike down towards the Lake side. Quicker and more steep. If you do this in r...  more »
  • Not for the faint hearted and not for a two wheel drive vehicle. The scenery is just breathtaking. Folks who like the great outdoors will appreciate this area.  more »