There’s A Little Slice Of Paradise Hiding Right Here In New Mexico… And You’ll Want To Visit

The Williams Lake Trail is one of the most beautiful trails in New Mexico. On this moderate day hike, you’ll wander through forests, admire a field of boulders, and likely be greeted by chipmunks! The trail emerges into a lush basin where a small lake nestles against the side of Wheeler Peak, New Mexico’s tallest mountain.

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The Williams Lake Trail is inside the Wheeler Peak Wilderness, which was established in 1964 as part of the Wilderness Act. It’s located about 12 miles outside Taos, above the ski valley. The easiest way to reach the trail is by driving to the Williams Lake Parking Area.

Have you climbed up to Williams Lake? Would you like to try this hike?

If Taos is too far away for a visit to be feasible right now, here are some other hiking suggestions for trails spread across the state. After all, New Mexico has many impressive mountains worth discovering.