Wilderness Areas

Snow capped peak

With the passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964, Congress created the National Wilderness Preservation System. Wilderness areas are managed to preserve their natural conditions and wild character for present and future generations. They possess outstanding ecological, geological, scientific, educational, scenic, or historic values.

The U.S. Forest Service celebrates 50 years of the Wilderness Act! Find a wilderness area in the Rocky Mountain Region, join an event and  more..... It's yours to enjoy and protect.

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Please view the special regulations associated with Wilderness and always use Leave No Trace techniques to help keep these areas wild, clean, and pristine.

Currently the GMUG has a total of 498,152 acres of wilderness acres, making up nineteen percent of the three-million acre forest (map). These areas include:

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