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Wheeler Peak (New Mexico)

Mountain information
NameWheeler Peak
Elevation13161 ft (4011.5 m)
Prominence3409 ft (1039.1 m)
ListingU.S. state high point
LocationTaos County, New Mexico, USA
RangeTaos Mountains
Easiest routeNorth Ridge

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Wheeler Peak is, at 13,161 ft, the highest peak in the U.S. state of New Mexico. It is located northeast of Taos in the northern part of the state, and just 2 miles southeast of the ski slopes of Taos Ski Valley. It lies in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the southernmost subrange of the Rocky Mountains.

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.

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