Rocky Mountain Region Wilderness Program

What is Wilderness?
The Cloud Peak Wilderness, located in north-central Wyoming, is managed by the Bighorn National ForestIn 1964, the Congress of the United States took a far-sighted action by passing the Wilderness Act, legally designating certain federal lands as Wilderness. Congress preserved these lands: “…in order to assure that an increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization does not occupy and modify all areas within the United States and its possessions, leaving no lands designated for preservation and protection in their natural condition”. The Wilderness Act prohibits roads, mining, timber cutting and motorized vehicles in these areas.
Values and Benefits of Wilderness
Eagles Nest Wilderness in the White River National Forest, located in central Colorado just north of I-70Wilderness has many values. Recognizing these diverse and unique values opens a world of understanding about the natural environment. Preserving Wilderness may someday be seen through eyes of historians as the most important contribution societies can make to the health of the global environment.
50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act Signing
Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary logo and link to the Regional Wilderness Program's 50th Anniversary websiteOn September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. A national website has been dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act,
Wilderness Information Map
Black Elk Wilderness in the Black Hills National Forest, located in west-central South Dakota along the Wyoming borderThe Regional Wilderness Information Map below shows the boundaries of the five states within the Rocky Mountain Region. To view wilderness information, move your cursor over a state you are interested in. When the cursor is over a state, a filled-in map outline and tool tip will appear. Once you are on top of the state you want, click the cursor on the green map outline and a link will open to that state's Wilderness Information page. Once you are redirected to the state map, you will then be able to select the individual wilderness that you would like information about.
Rocky Mountain Region Wilderness Information MapMap of Wyoming - Click on the map outline to view the Wyoming Wilderness Information Map Map of South Dakota - Click on the map outline to view the South Dakota Wilderness Information Map Map of Nebraska - Click on the map outline to view the Nebraska Wilderness Information Map Map of Kansas - There are currently NO Congressionally-designated wilderness areas within Kansas Map of Colorado - Click on the map outline to view the Colorado Wilderness Information Map