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 2 miles (3.2 km) 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 13,167 feet (4,013 m).
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.
There's a trail called Wheeler Peak Trail #90 leading to the summit.
By elevation Wheeler Peak is
# 1 out of 2897 in New Mexico # 1 out of 134 in Carson National Forest # 1 out of 108 in Taos County # 1 out of 14 in Wheeler Peak Wilderness # 61 out of 549 in the Sangre de Cristo Range
By prominence Wheeler Peak is
# 11 out of 2897 in New Mexico # 1 out of 134 in Carson National Forest # 1 out of 108 in Taos County # 1 out of 14 in Wheeler Peak Wilderness # 15 out of 4253 in the Southern Rocky Mountains # 7 out of 549 in the Sangre de Cristo Range
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