Wilderness

Weminuche Wilderness Map & Trip Planning Resource

The Weminuche wilderness is the largest wilderness area in Colorado and is located in southwestern Colorado near the towns of Durango, Pagosa Springs, and Silverton. The wilderness was formed by an act of Congress in 1975 to protect a unique and wildly rugged portion of the San Juan mountain range with it’s deep forests, several fourteen thousand foot high mountain peaks, high altitude tundra, alpine lakes, and a stretch of the Continental Divide.

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Dominguez Canyon Wilderness

The Dominguez Canyon Wilderness protects a series of slick-rock desert canyons and mesas in western Colorado. A pair of creeks, named the Little and Big Dominguez carved a pair of parallel canyons into the Uncompahgre Plateau, an area of geologic significance in the canyon lands of western Colorado. The wilderness area protects the Sonoran pinon-juniper ecosystem at the lower elevations, and ponderosa-aspen forests in the upper elevations to the west. Designated a wilderness in 2009, the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness is entirely managed by the BLM. Frequented by the Ute Indians, several petroglyphs (rock art) are easily found in the Dominguez Canyons. […]

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Lizard Head Wilderness

The Lizard Head Wilderness is a land of storybook mountains that jut above forests of aspen and spruce to towering heights, a place of wonderful blue lakes, and well watered alpine tundra expanses. The mountains receive higher than normal precipitation and are often rainy, and wet, but this gives rise to lush vegetation and spectacular summer alpine wildflowers. The San Miguel Mountains form a spine that extends east-west through the heart of the wilderness. Wilson Peak (14,017 ft), Mt Wilson (14,246 ft), and El Diente (14,159 ft) are the high points within the wilderness. Lizard Head peak, a spire that is the namesake of […]

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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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