Happy Wilderness Wednesday! On this day in history, President Bill Clinton signed the Colorado Wilderness Act of 1993 in to law, adding the Powderhorn and Uncompahgre wilderness areas to the National Wilderness System.
Pictured here, the Uncompahgre Wilderness in Colorado - a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands - consists of gently rolling alpine tundra meadows, rugged, mountainous landscapes, and densely-forested canyons within the north-central San Juan Mountains. This wilderness boasts two “fourteeners” (on USFS-managed land) and more than 34 other peaks that tower over 13,000 feet in elevation. Visitors can explore over 100 miles of trails that provide excellent opportunities for various forms of recreation.
Several forks of the Cimarron River roar through the wilderness and numerous alpine lakes and streams that are scattered throughout. A few small lakes and many streams contain trout. From this wilderness are countless, breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountains.
Photo: Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist