Lobo Peak, New Mexico’s 33rd highest peak, (See List)
is a scenic mountain located in the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area of the Sangre de Cristo Range. The views from this peak are spectacular in all directions and are worth the climb. In particular, this peak provides a unique view of Wheeler Peak and it's surrounding mountains from across the valley. Lobo Peak is a very desirable hike if you want to camp overnight as you will find vast open tundra, providing ample campsites on or near the summit.
From Taos New Mexico, travel north on Route 522 for about 4 miles. Turn right, heading east, on NM 150 toward the Taos Ski Valley. Follow this road for about 11 miles watching for the Taos East Condominiums. The parking area for the Manzanita Canyon trail head is immediately after the condos on your left.
Lobo Peak is located in the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area, so restrictions of the study area apply. There is a message board at the trail head with details of these restrictions.
Camping is allowed in the wilderness study area and can be very desirable on Lobo Peak due to the ample open tundra on and near the summit.
There are also several campgrounds on NM 150.
There is ample lodging in Taos Ski Valley and also in the city of Taos.
Here are some useful links:
Taos Chamber of Commerce
Carson National Forest
Taos Vacation Rentals
This is a link to the weather for the Taos Ski Valley
and should be an accurate forecast for Lobo Peak.