Located in the West Elk Mountains, the West Elk Wilderness Area is located northwest of Gunnison, and north of Crawford. The Wilderness Area presents a different geology from the West Elk Mountains. Made up of West Elk Breccia, which has resulted in the various rock formations within the Area. The West Elk Breccia can be seen above the Blue Mesa Reservoir (the Palisades) and the Castles.
Established: 1964, expanded 1980
Elevation: 6,800- 13,042 feet
West Elk- 13,042
Towns: Gunnison, Paonia, Crawford, Crested Butte
Hunting Areas: 53, 54