Colorado Wilderness and Forest Maps defined in the State of Colorado.

Wilderness / WSR / WSA locations Official boundary documentation
Buffalo Peaks Wilderness 
Byers Peak Wilderness 
Cache La Poudre Wild and Scenic River  
Cache La Poudre Wilderness 
Collegiate Peaks Wilderness 
Comanche Peak Wilderness 
Eagles Nest Wilderness 
Flat Tops Wilderness 
Fossil Ridge Wilderness 
Greenhorn Mountain Wilderness 
Hermosa Creek Wilderness  
Holy Cross Wilderness 
Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness 
Indian Peaks Wilderness 
James Peak Wilderness 
La Garita Wilderness 
Lizard Head Wilderness 
Lost Creek Wilderness 
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness 
Mount Evans Wilderness 
Mount Massive Wilderness 
Mount Sneffels Wilderness 
Mount Zirkel Wilderness 
Neota Wilderness 
Never Summer Wilderness 
Platte River Wilderness 
Powderhorn Wilderness  
Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness 
Raggeds Wilderness 
Rawah Wilderness 
Sangre de Cristo Wilderness 
Sarvis Creek Wilderness 
South San Juan Wilderness 
Spanish Peaks Wilderness 
Uncompahgre Wilderness 
Vasquez Peak Wilderness 
Weminuche Wilderness 
West Elk Wilderness 

Our standards of stewardship

Colorado Underground Insider is a local, organization that truly embodies: "Each Action creates a Ripple Effect."

By making a difference in someone's life today, you are a catalyst and inspire others to do the same tomorrow. The fine guidence of "Leave No Trace" Seven Principles...

🙂 The Leave No Trace Seven Principles 👍are the bedrock to guidance to enjoy our natural world in a sustainable way that avoids human-created impacts.

The principles have been adapted so they can be applied in your homes, lives, backyards or backcountry.

Note: click any of the headers below for a much deeper explanation on each principle.

1. Plan Ahead and Prepare

  • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit.
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
  • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
  • Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups.
  • Repackage food to minimize waste.
  • Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.

2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

  • Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
  • Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.
  • Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.
    • In popular areas:
      • Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
      • Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.
      • Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.
      • In pristine areas:
      • Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.
      • Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.

3. Dispose of Waste Properly

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.
  • Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
  • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
  • To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.

4. Leave What You Find

  • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
  • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
  • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.

5. Minimize Campfire Impacts

  • Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
  • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.
  • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
  • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.

6. Respect Wildlife

  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
  • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.

7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
  • Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
  • Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.
  • Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.
  • Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.

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