Wilderness Areas

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The Western Slope of Colorado is home to 23 Wilderness Areas, designated under the Wilderness Act of 1964, PL 88-577, Sec 2c.  These areas are managed under the following federal agencies, the Forest Service, National Parks Service, Bureau of Land …

Collegate Peaks Wilderness Area

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Including most of the Sawatch Range, the Collegate Peaks Wilderness Area is bounded by the Leadville- Buena Vista on the east, and Aspen- Crested Butte on the west. The Area includes five peaks over 14,000 feet. This Wilderness Area serves …

Eagles Nest Wilderness Area

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Established in 1976, the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area is located in the southern area of the Gore Range (named for Sir George Gore who was on a hunting expedition lead by the mountain man Jim Bridger. During Colorado’s Gold Rush, …

Flat Tops Wilderness Area

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The Flat Tops Wilderness Area is the 2nd largest Wilderness Area in Colorado. The Flat Tops are home of Trappers Lake (see camping) which served as the inspiration for Arthur Carhart to advocate for the preservation of Forest land as …

Fossil Ridge Wilderness Area

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Just 16 miles north of Gunnison is the Fossil Ridge Wilderness area. This Wilderness Area gets it’s name from an exposed ridge of Paleozoic carbonates containing epeiric sea fossils.   Established:  1993 Acres:  31,534 Elevation Range:  9,000 to 13,254 feet …

Holy Cross Wilderness Area

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Located east of Aspen, this Wilderness Area was named for the 14,011 foot Mount of the Holy Cross, one of just twenty-five peaks in the Area over 14,000 feet in elevation. Please note, a free permit is required for Wilderness …

Hunter- Frying Pan Wilderness Area

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Located east of Aspen and north of Independence Pass, the Hunter-Frying Pan Wilderness Area was established in 1978. This Wilderness Area includes the headwaters of the Frying Pan River, Hunter Creek, and additional headwaters for the Roaring Fork River in …

La Garita Wilderness Area

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Located in the La Garita Mountains, this 129,626 was one of the original five Wilderness Areas in Colorado. Like the San Juan Mountains to the west, the La Garitata Mountains consist of multiple layers of volcanic rock.  Columnar Basalt can …

Maroon Bells- Snowmass Wilderness Area

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Located in the Elk Mountains of central Colorado, the Maroon Bells- Snowmass Wilderness Area was established in 1980. Named after the two Maroon Bells and Snowmass Mountain, this wilderness area has six mountain peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation. To …

Mount Sneffels Wilderness Area

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Mount Sneffels Wilderness Area is located in the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado and managed by the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest.   Established:  1980 Acres:  16,565 Elevation Range:  9,600 to 14,150 feet Peaks:  Mount Sneffels- 14,150 …