Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness

Description:

The Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness now contains a total of 249,339 acres and is managed by the National Park Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of Colorado. In 2009 the Rocky Mountain National Park 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. Contact the agency for more information about regulations.

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Seventy miles northwest of Denver, spanning Grand and Larimer counties, the park is cherished by the residents of Grand, Larimer, Boulder and Denver counties, and appreciated by visitors from around the world. The towns of Grand Lake and Estes Park serve as “gateways” to the park, and the tourism that the park’s wildlife and wilderness attract is a major source of economic stability for local businesses. Adjacent to Indian Peaks Wilderness and Comanche Peaks Wilderness to the south and to Never Summer Wilderness to the west, the park is also surrounded by Routt, Roosevelt and Arapaho national forests.

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Wilderness

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NPS - National Park Service

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