1964 Congress Enacted The Wilderness Act

The act was established in the National Wilderness Preservation System and to secure for the American people of preset and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness.

The Intermountain Region is home to 38 designated Wilderness Areas covering approximately 5.5 million acres. In these special areas you can enjoy primitive recreation and solitude in some of the Nation's most impressive terrain.

Wilderness contributes to the ecologic, economic, and social health and well being of our citizens, our country, and our world. The benefits wilderness areas provide are as diverse as the areas themselves and are highly valued, in addition to providing "outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation."


Wilderness Areas are closed to all types of motor vehicles, mechanical transport, hang gliders, and bicycles. In areas that lie within culinary watersheds for city and counties, special restriction concerning camping, swimming, and domestic animals may apply.

Activities specifically prohibited in the Wilderness Act are: commercial enterprises; roads and structures; the landing of aircraft; the use of motorized equipment; and motor or mechanical transport. Before visiting a Wilderness Area, check with the appropriate Forest Service office for regulations.

In the wilderness, you will have the opportunity to experience challenge, self-reliance, and the reward of discovery; but you are also responsible for your own safety.

  • Wild Open Spaces

    Lake reflections on Boulder Mountain Lake on the Fishlake National Forest

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Wilderness Areas by State

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Select the headings below for more a listing of wilderness areas by state