Wheeler Peak

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a mountain peak in northeastern New Mexico in the Rocky Mountains

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WHERE TO PITCH A TENT At 10,000 feet, you'll feel the altitude, but the vistas at Wheeler Peak Campground ($12) are worth a minor headache.
Almost all within the sound of a human voice, Wheeler Peak has sagebrush valley, cactus, wild rose, scorpion, prairie dog, jack rabbit, hawk, and rattlesnake.
In the mid-'5Os, local conservationists renewed the campaign following the discovery of what some claimed was the nation's southernmost glacier, situated in a cirque beneath the almost-vertical walls of Wheeler Peak.
A little farther on is Eagle Nest Lake, where you're usually treated to a postcard view of Wheeler Peak to the west.
Witch's Rock in the meadow under Wheeler Peak where John did Tai
Afterward, drive 12 steep, curvy miles to the top of Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive, where there are a variety of hikes to suit all abilities.
A mile farther up, the trail is surrounded by the 1,500-foot-tall walls of 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak.
In 1964 at Wheeler Peak, now in Great Basin National Park, the 5,000-year-old Prometheus tree, perhaps the oldest living organism on earth at the time, was cut down for examination of its core and rings.
8-mile round-trip hike to Wheeler Peak grove starts at the Wheeler Peak Campground; there are ranger-led walks in summer.
The prettiest campground, Wheeler Peak, is also the highest, at around 9,900 feet.
Traveling up Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive on the way to the campground is itself a highlight of any visit to the park.
Great Basin National Park comprises theformer Lehman Caves National Monument, Wheeler Peak Scenic Area, and additional lands of Humboldt National Forest.
After seeing the cave, you can drive partway up Wheeler Peak.
Elevation rises from about 4,000 feet to 13,063 feet atop Wheeler Peak, and summer temperatures generally range from 70 deg.
Some 80 miles noth of Pioche, the craggy, snowflecked face of Wheeler Peak comes into view as U.