Wheeler Creek Falls

There are many waterfalls on Wheeler Creek below Horseshoe Lake in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area. 

I separate them and describe them as three waterfalls:


Wheeler Creek Cascades ...is the upper portion 400’ high


Wheeler Creek Falls ...is the middle portion 75’ high – shown on this page


Wheeler Creek Lower Cascades ...is the lower portion 250’ high


These are all wonderful waterfalls and each section of falls here are quite worthy of their own special recognition.


Wheeler Creek Falls has two tiers.  These photos below show only the 50’ high lower tier.  

It is not sheer... it’s just beautiful...!!!

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John and Madison and I enjoyed lunch on the brink of the falls... very nice...!!!


Wheeler Creek Falls upper tiers are about 20’ high and is more sheer than the lower tier.  This photo shows the average summer flow...

the photo below shows late June snow-melt runoff.

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beta facts:

name- Wheeler Creek Falls

height- 70’ in two tiers

elevation- 11,300’

GPS coordinates- ±36°34.188’N 105°23.927’W

flow- always strong

season- June thru Oct…  the early bird will fight snowdrifts but will see the best water-show 

accommodations- Wheeler Peak Wilderness

ownership- Carson National Forest

access- 4˝ miles on trail #56 to Wheeler Creek then downstream a few hundred yards

nearest town- Red River is about 10 miles North of here

fun fact- people who never leave the trail, never see these falls


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The sight seen looking off the brink of Wheeler Creek Waterfall is among New Mexico’s Grandest…!!! But don’t slip and fall here…!!!


Right-click-save-as to make yourself a copy of my map below.  Wheeler Creek Falls appear on the right-hand side of this map.  Wheeler Creek Cascades as well as Wheeler Creek Lower Cascades are listed on a separate page of their own.  Please enjoy all of the many waterfalls of the upper Red River.


Enhanced USGS 7.5’ topo map



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