Savage Run Wilderness

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Bull Elk photo

Savage Run Wilderness lies within the Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming. It is managed by the U.S. Forest Service and is located on the Laramie Ranger District.

The United States Congress designated the Savage Run Wilderness in 1978 and it has a total of 14,927 acres.

Elevations vary from 8,000 to 10,000 feet.  Steep-sided canyons are located at low elevations while rolling, plateau-like terrain can be found at higher elevations.  The Savage Run Trail (9 miles) traverses the wilderness along Savage Run Creek.

Anglers come for the creek's brook trout, while a resident elk population attracts hunters.  Hiking and backpacking are other popular activities.

Use French Creek or Rob Roy Campgrounds as jumping off points for the wilderness. Find trail access using Forest Roads 500 and 512.

Trails/Trailheads that access the Savage Run Wilderness include:

  • Cottonwood Trail
  • Savage Run Trail

Select 'Hiking' on the Laramie Ranger District Recreation page for a complete list of trails.

At a Glance

Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
Closest Towns: Encampment, WY; Laramie, WY
Water: Treat all non-potable water before consuming.
Information Center: Laramie Ranger District
2468 Jackson St
Laramie, WY 82070

General Information

General Notes:

Topo maps

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.

Buy maps online

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 for additional maps and information about Wilderness.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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