Wilderness areas

  

Alpine lake and meadow in Hunter Frying Pan Wilderness

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.

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

There are 8 Wildernesses within White River National Forest. These areas include:

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At a Glance

Permit Info: Some areas may require a Wilderness permit.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply
Water: Treat all non-potable water before consuming.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: White River National Forest district offices

General Information

General Notes:

Colorado’s Fourteeners

For more information about climbing Colorado’s peaks please visit the Rocky Mountain Region 14ers page.

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.

Wilderness.net

Go to Wilderness.net for additional maps and information about Wilderness.


Activities


Hiking

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Horse Riding & Camping

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