Wheeler Pk Wilderness- Scenic Loop Drive is a 124 mile round trip scenic drive with 6,500 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 60 miles west-southwest of Raton New Mexico.
The popular, scenic, and historic "Wheeler Peak Wilderness" LOOP DRIVING ROUTE with a few extra driving side trip stops to included:
1.. Trip START at the Taos, NM, Ski Village (from 14.8mls up CO 150 at the Wheeler Peak TH/TR90 Start);
2.. A stop off CO 38 in Questa,NM, at the responsible Wheeler Peak Wilderness Questa Ranger Station;
3.. In Red River, NM, a scenic drive to/back on CO 578 to CO 58A to TH Start for "Sawmill Park TH/TR55 via TR56;
4.. In Eagle Nest, NM, a short drive through this historic town on CO 64 East to a scenic viewpoint (with potty) of large and popular Eagle Nest Lake State Park;
5.. Back to CO 64 West, then South to later exit on CO 434 South to have lunch in popular winter Ski Resort- Angel Fire, NM (at cheap with good eats- YU GARDEN Chinese Restaurant;
6.. Later END scenic driving loop back in Taos, NM, (north of town) on CO 64 at the intersections of CO 64/522/150.. Note: if you are driving back to Taos Ski Valley via CO 150, add an additional 14.8 miles to your 124 mile trip;
Check out the Official Route.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.