The Sangre de Cristo Wilderness now contains a total of 228,044 acres and is managed by the Forest Service and the National Park Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of Colorado. In 1993 the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness became part of the now over 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. In an age of "...increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization,..." you play an important role in helping to "...secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by Congress in the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the regulations in place for this area, and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting to ensure protection of its unique natural and experiential qualities.How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply.Leave No Trace principles:Plan Ahead and PrepareTravel and Camp on Durable SurfacesDispose of Waste ProperlyLeave What You FindMinimize Campfire ImpactsRespect WildlifeBe Considerate of Other VisitorsRegulations:Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport are generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles (including OHVs), motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation. In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area. Click here for additional regulations or contact the agency.Contact Information:GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE11999 Highway 150Mosca, CO 81146Phone: 719-378-6399Fax: 719-378-6310Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgVisitor Center hours are 9:00 a.m -4:30 p.m in the off season and 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. from mid-May to mid-September. SAN CARLOS RANGER DISTRICT3028 EAST MAIN STREETCANON CITY, CO 81212Phone: 719-269-8500
A portion of the wilderness area is located within Great Sand Dunes National Preserve which is located adjacent to Great Sand Dunes National Park. The Medano Pass 4-wheel drive primitive road passes through a corridor within the wilderness area and can be accessed from the west side through Great Sand Dunes National Park or from the east side off Colorado Highway 69 about 25 miles south of the town of Westcliffe. Two other roads, one leading to the top of Mosca Pass and the other leading to the east side of Music Pass provide access to hiking trails leading into the wilderness area and preserve.
NPS - National Park Service