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Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area, Taos County

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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.
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  • 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 »
  • This was our first hike up to Wheeler Peak just over 13000'. It was a clear June day with azure sky devoid of clouds. We parked at the large parking lot for Williams Lake trail which you reach after a...  more »