The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas Guide Book

by John Fielder & Mark Pearson (Westcliffe Publishers)
The Complete Guide to Coloradoand39;s Wilderness Areas  by John Fielder & Mark Pearson

359pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 1565795164

Since the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964, Congress has designated 41 wilderness areas in Colorado, totaling some 3.4 million acres ranging from desert sagebrush to alpine crags. In addition, other undeveloped areas and national parklands have been proposed for wilderness status. In its newly revised second edition, The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas continues to serve as the foremost guide to these magnificent wild places.

© John Fielder and Mark Pearson/Westcliffe Publishers. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 51.
... Preview: Almost twice as deep as it is wide, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison is the deepest narrow canyon in America. At its narrowest juncture, the rims stand but 1,300 feet apart while the canyon plunges to ... From the guidebook "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas"
Montrose, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: Black Ridge Canyons offers the preeminent canyon wilderness experience in Colorado. It drapes across the northern end of the Uncompahgre Plateau, where the plateau bends upward abruptly out of wide de ... From the guidebook "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas"
Grand Junction, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 25
... Preview: Buffalo Peaks offers an enjoyable alternative to nearby areas thronged by crowds pursuing fourteener summits. East and West Buffalo peaks are two high-domed mountains plainly visible from throughout S ... From the guidebook "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas"
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 18
... Preview: Don’t be fooled by the seemingly small size of the Byers Peak Wilderness. Byers peak is contiguous with the Vasquez Peak Wilderness (both designated in 1993), separated only by the undeveloped headwat ... From the guidebook "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas"
Fraser, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 23
... Preview: At the time of its designation in 1980, the Cache La Poudre Wilderness Area was one of colorado’s least controversial. Colorado’s conservation community joined with the forest service and the congress ... From the guidebook "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas"
Fort Collins, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: The Carson Peak Roadless Area, a 70,000-acre chunk of wild mountains, is an important piece of the puzzle in creating a continuous string of wilderness areas along the spine of the San Juan Mountains ... From the guidebook "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas"
Lake City, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 56
... Preview: One of Colorado's least-known segments of the Continental Divide runs between the San Juan and Sawatch ranges along the western rim of the San Luis Valley. A large portion of this unprepossessing, for ... From the guidebook "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas"
Saguache, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 50
... Preview: The Collegiate Peaks Wilderness may very well possess the highest average elevation of any wilderness area in the contiguous 48 states. Eight peaks exceeding 14,000 feet are found here, including the ... From the guidebook "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas"
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 105
... Preview: Perched on the northern lip of the Uncompahgre Plateau, Colorado National Monument envelopes visitors in a world of red-walled slickrock canyons and screeching raptors. The monument’s main road, the R ... From the guidebook "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas"
Grand Junction, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 41
... Preview: Gentle tundra slopes of the Mummy Range, flanked by dense lodgepole pine forests, characterize much of the Comanche Peak Wilderness. The crest of the Mummy Range denotes the northern boundary of Rocky ... From the guidebook "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas"
Fort Collins, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 70
... Preview: One of Colorado's largest wild areas is also one of its least known. Dinosaur National Monument first gained fame for its fossils, but the canyons of the Green and Yampa rivers encompass wilderness of ... From the guidebook "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas"
Dinosaur, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 15
... Preview: Few areas overcame such overwhelming odds to become designated wilderness as did Eagles Nest. The forbidding topography of this range presents a significant obstacle to travel. Most trails dead-end in ... From the guidebook "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas"
Vail , CO - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 180
... Preview: There is not a more idyllic mountain setting in Colorado than Trappers Lake in the Flat Tops Wilderness. Large by Colorado standards, the lake’s broad surface reflects a backdrop of towering volcanic ... From the guidebook "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas"
Glenwood Springs, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 160
... Preview: Fossil Ridge is classic Rocky Mountain wilderness: Rough-hewn granite peaks tower behind glittering alpine lakes resting at the head of long, timbered glacier-cut valleys. On the surface, this properl ... From the guidebook "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas"
Gunnison, CO - Climbing,Hiking - Trail Length: 22
... Preview: Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve encompasses one of Colorado’s most distinctive landscapes. Trapped between the San Luis Valley and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, dunes as high as 700 feet ... From the guidebook "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas"
Alamosa, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 30
... Preview: Nowhere else among Colorado's wilderness areas does one find the juxtaposition of mountains and plains as in Greenhorn Mountain, where the Rockies meet up abruptly with the Great North American Prairi ... From the guidebook "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas"
Pueblo, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 11
... Preview: Gunnison Gorge consists of the 13 miles of the Gunnison River downstream of the newly designated Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Three basic geographic features define the Gunnison Gorge: ... From the guidebook "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas"
Montrose, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 9
... Preview: Hermosa Spanish name, meaning “beautiful,” well describes the colorful geology and luxuriant forests of this wild drainage north of Durango. One of Colorado’s most biologically diverse forests, Hermos ... From the guidebook "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas"
Durango, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 125
... Preview: Some among Colorado's conservation community call Holy Cross a “water wilderness”—an odd appellation given its rugged peaks more than 2 miles above sea level. What they refer to, however, are the innu ... From the guidebook "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas"
Avon, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 164
... Preview: Central Colorado's Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness maintains a low profile, largely forgotten between the lofty heights of its neighbors, Collegiate Peaks and Maroon Bells–Snowmass wilderness areas. Domin ... From the guidebook "The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas"
Aspen, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 50