Latir Peak Wilderness

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Latir Peak Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Latir Peak Wilderness.jpg
Location Taos County, New Mexico, United States
Nearest city Questa, New Mexico
Coordinates 36°47′51″N 105°28′52″W / 36.79750°N 105.48111°W / 36.79750; -105.48111Coordinates: 36°47′51″N 105°28′52″W / 36.79750°N 105.48111°W / 36.79750; -105.48111
Area 20,506 acres (8,298 ha)
Established 1980
Governing body U.S. Forest Service

Latir Peak Wilderness is a 20,506-acre (8,298 ha) wilderness area located within the Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico, United States. Designated in 1980, the wilderness is composed of dense forest, meadows, and alpine tundra on Latir Mesa in the northern portion.[1] It includes a portion of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and contains four of the state's twenty highest peaks - Venado Peak at 12,734 feet (3,881 m), Latir Peak at 12,708 feet (3,873 m), Latir Mesa at 12,692 feet (3,869 m), and Virsylvia Peak at 12,594 feet (3,839 m).[2] Most of the area is drained by the Lake Fork of Cabresto Creek, which originates at Heart Lake and is impounded just outside the wilderness in Cabresto Lake, the main trailhead for visitors entering the wilderness.[3]


A variety of wildlife can be found in Latir Peak Wilderness, including mule deer, black bear, badger, beaver, bobcat, coyote, ferret, fox, mountain lion, boreal owl, marmot, marten, pika, ptarmigan, and muskrat. Native Rio Grande cutthroat trout are found in the area's streams.[1][2]

A panorama of the Latir Peak Wilderness from Red River Pass

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  1. ^ a b Latir Peak Wilderness -
  2. ^ a b Latir Peak Wilderness - New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
  3. ^ Latir Peak Wilderness - GORP

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