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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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Maroon Bells Wilderness Faces Severe Problems Due to High Visitation Rates

Forest Service Seeks to Educate Public About Wilderness Impacts US Forest Service rangers alarmed at an increase in the number of wilderness violations in the Maroon Bells Snowmass wilderness created an educational video titled ‘Wilderness in Peril.’ The video attempts to educate the public of the need to abide by¬†wilderness regulations by showing examples of wilderness destruction by unethical backcountry visitors. In recent years, the number of visitors to the Maroon Bells Snowmass wilderness has increased dramatically with the highest impacted¬†areas being the 4 Pass Loop and Conundrum Creek areas. Several recent news articles in the Aspen Times and Aspen […]

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Alpine Meadow near the Continental Divide in the Weminuche wilderness

Highland Mary Lakes Cunningham Gulch Loop

The Highland Mary Lakes is a short backpacking loop hike located in the Weminuche Wilderness of southwest Colorado. The Highland Mary Lakes area has wide open feel with broad gradual grassy slopes surrounding three high altitude lakes. The twin Highland Mary Lakes are encountered first, but only a short trip to the south serves up Verde Lake and just beyond… the Continental Divide Trail and a stunning view of the Grenadier Range.

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Five Amazing Colorado Backpacking Loop Hikes

As the hot summer sun melts the winter snows off of the high peaks, I get the itch to hit the trail fill my lungs with piney mountain air and enjoy the sight of jagged peaks lining the horizon for miles and then to relax to sounds of a gurgling brook beneath a canopy of star studded skies. If you’re like me, you’ll enjoy these mountain loop hikes picked for their alpine scenery, and because they are loops, they can be done without requiring a shuttle driver.

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