Area Status: Open
Wheeler Geologic Area is part of the La Garita Wilderness, within this area you will find many trails, some nearby peaks over 13,000 ft and amazing views. Located near the old mining town of Creede, Wheeler is accessible by a 7 mile hike or a grueling 14 mile four wheel drive road. Your efforts are rewarded by views of a remarkable geologic formation of moderately coarse volcanic tuff eroded into many different shapes. Advice is to plan a whole day trip in order to travel into Wheeler, enjoy the formations, and then get back out. It is not a short, easy trip. ROAD IS EXTREMELY ROUGH WITH DEEP RUTS ATV TRAVEL IS RECOMMENDED.
In addition to trail # 790, East Bellows Creek Trail, from Hansons Mill, # 789 Wason- Wheeler Trail from north of Creede there are several trails that either lead to Wheeler or from Wheeler on into the La Garita Wilderness. Check out the details for the following trails, 871, 912, 784, 783 and 888.
There is a lot of information available on the internet, the following are two good sites to visit: www.gorp.com/parks-guide/travel-ta-rio-grande-national-forest-colorado-sidwcmdev_066105.html and www.sangres.com/features/wheelergeologic.htm
At the end of the Wheeler Road #600 there are several dispersed campsites for the public to use. You are not allowed to camp or have campfires inside the area of the formations. Dispersed camping is allowed at Hansons Mill site located just south of the East Bellows Creek trailhead.
At a Glance
||Open year around but usually snowed in WITH POOR ACCESS from November through May THE ACCESS ROADS VIA POOL TABLE ROAD 600 IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED BECAUSE OF SNOW AND MUD.
LATER IN SULMMER THE ROAD CAN BE EXTREMELY ROUGH WITH DEEP RUTS. RECOMMEND TRAVEL ON AN ATV NOT A JEEP.
||June through September
||No camping or campfires allowed within the area of the formations.
CURRENTLY THE JEEP ROAD IS VERY ROUGH WITH DEEP RUTS THAT CAN TEAR THE UNDERCARRAGE. PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL TO WHEELER UNLESS YOU ARE AN EXPERT 4 X 4 DRIVER WITH A MODIFIED HIGH CLEARANCE VEHICLE. ATV TRAVEL IS RECOMMENDED.