Neota Wilderness: Arapaho & Roosevelt


Landscape view of Neota Wilderness.

Designated in 1980, Neota Wilderness now spans a total of 9,924 acres. Bordering Rocky Mountain National Park to the south and surrounded by other Wildernesses, Neota Wilderness is within a large region of mostly roadless country. Elevation ranges from 10,000 to 11,896 feet and includes the flattened ridges of granite atypical of the steep-sided Rockies. 

Just southwest of the Wilderness boundary, the 12,265’ Iron Mountain overlooks three main drainages within the area: Trap, Corral, and Neota Creeks. Along the valleys of these streams, willows and sedges grow abundantly. You'll find spruce and fir on the lower slopes, home to deer and elk.  

There are only 1.5 miles of a single, primitively maintained trail in this Wilderness, so this area is for the adventurous recreator. Please plan carefully.

Always use Leave No Trace techniques to help keep this area wild, clean, and pristine.

At a Glance

Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
  • Motorized equipment, or mechanized transportation is prohibited, including motorcycles, chain saws, bicycles or carts. Wheelchairs are exempt.
  • Group size is limited to 12 people and/or livestock combined.
  • Camping and campfires are prohibited within 200’ feet (or more if posted) of all lakes, streams and trails to protect water quality, sensitive vegetation and to help assure solitude. Thin soils and mountain vegetation are easily damaged by fire and fires scar rocks and soil. Use a stove, a fire pan or an existing fire ring when and where fires are allowed.
  • Certified weed-free forage is required on all public land. Only pelletized or steam-rolled feed grains, or certified weed-free hay, straw, or mulch are allowed.
  • Stock:
    • may not be hobbled, tethered or picketed within 200’ feet of any lakes, streams or trails. This protects fragile vegetation and keeps lakes and streams clean;
    • may not be tethered or tied to live trees.
Closest Towns: Fort Collins, Colorado
Water: Treat all non-potable water before consuming.
Operated By: Forest Service
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10,000' - 11,896'