Wheeler Peak Wilderness Overview


Located in the Carson National Forest in New Mexico.

At 19,150 acres, this wilderness offers unique and unusual experiences.

The focal point is Wheeler Peak, 13,161 feet, the highest point in New Mexico. The alpine tundra vegetation that covers Wheeler and other nearby peaks is rare in the Southwest. The plant and animal species found here are limited to the "high country."

Designated in 1960 and increased in size in 1980, the area is the headwater of several streams that are vital to downstream users.

High country travel can be taxing to even well-conditioned persons, so plan trips carefully to enjoy them most.

Although there are many access trails, some traverse private land, so check locally for information.

For more information contact: Carson National Forest

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 3 Oct 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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