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Colorado Wilderness Map

Colorado is home to 40 federally protected wilderness areas totaling over 3.7 million acres. Many of the areas protect highly scenic jagged peaks and the headwaters of rivers that are the drinking water of the burgeoning cities of the Southwest. Click on the graphic above to download a map of all forty Colorado wilderness areas.

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September is National Wilderness Month

Did you know that September is National Wilderness Month? The state of Colorado contains over 3.7 million acres of federally protected wilderness land. Support Colorado’s wilderness areas by telling your congressman/congresswoman that you support wilderness legislation. In addition, Pew Environment has a neat infographic showing the public benefits of wilderness.  

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James Peak Wilderness Area

I recently hiked into the James Peak wilderness area near Nederland, Colorado. This is a photograph from the James Lake trailhead and shows 13,294 ft. James Peak. Click on the photograph to enlarge. James Peak wilderness is located immediately south of but not contiguous with the Indian Peaks wilderness. It is a fairly new wilderness area being designated in August 2002, and is 14,000 acres in size. The wilderness contains several high altitude lakes and thirteen thousand foot James Peak.

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Maroon Bells Wallpaper

The Maroon Bells are two peaks in the Elk Mountains 12 miles south of Aspen, Colorado. The two peaks, Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak are counted fourteeners (peaks over 14 thousand feet in elevation). Maroon Peak, at 14,156 feet, is the 27th highest peak in Colorado; North Maroon Peak, at 14,014 feet, is the 50th highest. The peaks themselves are located within the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness managed by the White River National Forest. The wilderness preserves the pristine nature of the area by forbidding motorized vehicle use or the building of roads or structures. The view of the Maroon Bells from Maroon Lake in the Maroon Creek […]

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