Colorado Wilderness Facts
million acres of largely National Forest land has been
designated as wilderness in Colorado since passage of the
Wilderness Act in 1964.
wilderness in Colorado amounts to apprximately 5% of the land
area of the state.
wilderness areas designated in Colorado were the Maroon
Bells-Snowmass, La Garita, Mount Zirkel, Rawah, and West Elk
Wildernesses, as part of original 1964 Wilderness Act.
The most recent
area designated in Colorado was the 14,000-acre James Peak
Wilderness, in 2002
wilderness area in Colorado is the Weminuche Wilderness, at
wilderness area in Colorado is the Byers Peak Wilderness, at
elevation wilderness area in Colorado is the Mount Massive
Wilderness, home to Colorado's second-highest peak of the
same name (14,421 feet)
lowest-elevation wilderness are in Colorado is the Black
Ridge Canyons Wilderness, 4,700 feet along the Colorado River
Colorado Wilderness Statistics - 2006
currently has 41 designated wilderness areas, totaling 3.4
million acres (5% of the state)
Approximately 22% of Forest Service land and 9% of National
Park Service land in Colorado are protected as wilderness.
Several areas of BLM land were designated in 1993, 1999, and 2000 wilderness bills, but this still amounts to less than 2% of BLM's land in the state.
If all of the areas in the Citizens' Wilderness Proposal are designated as wilderness, it would amount to only 18% of BLM land as wilderness, with another 1% of Forest Service land added as part of adjacent BLM wildernesses. The CWP additions would result in 7% of Colorado's land area receiving Congressional protection as wilderness.
> Map of all Citizens' Proposed Wilderness areas in Colorado
> Table of CWP areas and BLM Wilderness Study Areas -- Alphabetical
> Table of CWP areas and BLM Wilderness Study Areas -- By Regional Field Office
> Read about recent Wilderness Designation
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