Wilderness areas of Southeast Colorado
Closest to the cities and towns of the Front Range, Southeastern Colorado contains wilderness
- Great Sand Dunes National Preserve and Wilderness – Buttressing the Sangre de Cristo mountains is an expanse of dunes, the tallest in North America. The Great Sand Dunes Preserve is federally designated wilderness that contains both sand dunes and the high altitude peaks of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.
- Lost Creek Wilderness – Close to the cities of Denver and Colorado Springs, the Lost Creek wilderness is well known for its granite outcroppings and unusual rock formations as well as its expanse of ponderosa and spruce forests.
- Mt. Evans Wilderness – Mt. Evans, famous for the paved road to the top is surrounded by the Mt. Evans wilderness. Except for a narrow corridor to allow vehicle access via road, the area around Mt Evans and Mt Bierstadt is federally designated wilderness.
- Mt. Greenhorn Wilderness – Containing the highest peak of the Wet Mountains, the Mt Greenhorn wilderness is located near Wetmore, Colorado.
- Sangre de Cristo Wilderness – Visible from miles, the Sangre de Cristo mountain range forms a sharp boundary to the San Luis valley around Alamosa, Colorado.
- Spanish Peaks Wilderness – Visible from I-25 near Walsenburg, Colorado, the twin volcanic Spanish peaks are the center piece of the Spanish Peaks Wilderness.