The 1964 Wilderness act defines Wilderness as "an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain ... an area protected and managed so as to preserve its natural conditions."
Wilderness helps protect critical habitats for a variety of species, as well as important natural resources, such as clean water. Wilderness also provides unique opportunities for recreation, challenge and solitude.
Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forest includes ten Wilderness areas that encompass many of Colorado's peaks and forested terrain which are popular with hikers, backpackers, and mountain climbers.
Wilderness areas at Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forest:
- Byers Peak Wilderness (Sulphur Ranger District)
- Cache la Poudre Wilderness (Canyon Lakes Ranger District)
- Comanche Peak Wilderness (Canyon Lakes Ranger District)
- Indian Peaks Wilderness (Boulder and Sulphur Ranger Districts)
- James Peak Wilderness (Boulder and Clear Creek Ranger Districts)
- Mount Evans Wilderness (Clear Creek Ranger District)
- Neota Wilderness (Canyon Lakes Ranger District)
- Never Summer Wilderness (Sulphur Ranger District)
- Rawah Wilderness (Canyon Lakes Ranger District)
- Vasquez Wilderness (Sulphur Ranger District)
Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forest Wilderness regulations and closures:
For more information about climbing Colorado’s peaks please visit the Rocky Mountain Region 14ers page.
Forest Service Topography Maps: These maps overlay Forest Service assets, such as roads, trails, and campgrounds, on USGS's topographic maps. They are available for download by quadrangle.
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National Forest Store: Offers a full, nationwide selection of National Forest, Ranger District, Wilderness, and Specialty Maps for purchase online or by phone, fax, and mail.
Go to Wilderness.net for additional maps and information about Wilderness.