Wilderness

Eagles Nest Wilderness

The snowcapped peaks of the Gore range are a familiar sight to the skier on Vail mountain, and to the motorist driving over Vail Pass on I-70. The Gore range runs in a north-south direction from near Copper Mountain to near the town of Kremmling. Much of the rugged interior of the Gore range is contained within the boundaries of the Eagles Nest Wilderness. The Eagles Nest Wilderness preserves pristine montane forests, high altitude tundra, the clear streams of Piney River, and Gore Creek along with arguably the most rugged and steep terrain within the state of Colorado. Many of […]

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Senators Udall and Bennet Introduce San Juan Wilderness Bill

Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet introduced the San Juan Wilderness Act of 2011 to the 112th Congress. If passed, the law will add approximately 33,200 acres of wilderness land to the existing Mt. Sneffels and the Lizard Head Wilderness areas of southwestern Colorado. In addition to the wilderness lands, 21,620 acres of federal land will receive special protection in the San Juan Mountains near Silverton, Colorado. The special protection bans the use of motorized vehicles and the construction of roads, but fails to protect the streams and rivers from future water resource projects. San Juan Wilderness Act of 2011 […]

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Colorado’s Most Popular Wilderness Areas

Located on the spine of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado is blessed with numerous federally protected wilderness areas that offer unspoiled recreation opportunities unavailable elsewhere. Today, we highlight four of the most popular wilderness areas located throughout the state of Colorado. Weminuche Wilderness We begin our list with the most visited wilderness area as well as the largest. Because of it’s sheer size and wild beauty the Weminuche wilderness is understandably popular with backpackers, and day hikers. Here, the rugged San Juan mountains jut out of the surrounding Colorado plateau to an incredible fourteen thousand feet in height. Much of the […]

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Mt. Sneffels Wilderness

The views south of Ridgeway are considered to be some of Colorado’s most captivating scenes. Mt Sneffels, Dallas Peak, and their neighbors rise in a spectacular fashion from the Uncompahgre valley below. Large, scenic ranches line the northern slopes of the Sneffels range, but higher up some of the peaks have received wilderness protection. The Mt. Sneffels wilderness contains Mt. Sneffels (14,150 ft.) and the surrounding mountains to the west. At 16,566 acres, the Sneffels wilderness ranks as one of the smallest wilderness areas of Colorado. The Sneffels range is a subrange of the San Juan mountains, located on its northwest […]

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