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List of U.S. Wilderness Areas

 

List of U.S. Wilderness Areas

Four federal agencies of the United States government administer the U.S. Wildernesses, which includes 759 Wildernesses and style="text-align:right;" data-sort-value="7008114420818486937"|28,274 |style="text-align:right;" data-sort-value="7008114420818486937"|11,442. These agencies are:

This is an area larger than Iraq or the state of California. In Alaska, there are style="text-align:right;" data-sort-value="7007352400257262592"|8,708 |style="text-align:right;" data-sort-value="7007352400257262592"|3,524 of wilderness. This represents about 52% of the wilderness area in the United States. The National Park Service (NPS) has oversight of style="text-align:right;" data-sort-value="7008338766397975526"|83,711 |style="text-align:right;" data-sort-value="7008338766397975526"|33,877 of wilderness at 60 locations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has responsibility for style="text-align:right;" data-sort-value="7008126707074585344"|31,310 |style="text-align:right;" data-sort-value="7008126707074585344"|12,670 in 71 areas. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oversees style="text-align:right;" data-sort-value="7008137613352643712"|34,005 |style="text-align:right;" data-sort-value="7008137613352643712"|13,761 at 222 unique sites. The Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Forest Service oversees style="text-align:right;" data-sort-value="7008102223593229824"|25,260 |style="text-align:right;" data-sort-value="7008102223593229824"|10,220 of wilderness areas in 442 areas. Some wilderness areas are managed by multiple agencies, so the above totals exceed the actual number of units (759) in the system. In addition, some of the 60 NPS areas with wilderness have multiple units designated as such (for example, Lake Mead National Recreation Area).

Some areas are designated wilderness by state or tribal governments. These are not governed by the Federal National Wilderness Preservation System.

The following sortable table lists all U.S. areas that have been designated by the United States Congress under the Wilderness Act. The listed designation date is the date that the wilderness was signed into law. Some areas have been expanded or otherwise changed since the original designation date. For more information about a specific area, see the wilderness name link.

Wilderness State Size Designated
acres ha
Absaroka-Beartooth MT 8,090 3,270
Agassiz MN 48,154 19,487
Agua Tibia CA 7,711 3,121
Aldo Leopold NM 24,411 9,879
Aleutian Islands AK 8,760 3,550
Alexander Springs FL 16,423 6,646
Allegheny Islands PA 9,924 4,016
Alpine Lakes WA 21,090 8,530
Alta Toquima NV 24,600 10,000
Anaconda-Pintler MT 26,102 10,563
Andreafsky AK 5,765,427 2,333,186
Ansel Adams CA 14,666 5,935
Apache Creek AZ 106,623 43,149
Apache Kid NM 3,285 1,329
Aravaipa Canyon AZ 52,315 21,171
Arc Dome NV 350,488 141,837
Argus Range CA 25,895 10,479
Arrastra Mountain AZ 30,648 12,403
Arrow Canyon NV 120,560 48,790
Ashdown Gorge UT 43,391 17,560
Aubrey Peak AZ 20,299 8,215
Baboquivari Peak AZ 7,999 3,237
Badger Creek OR 23,439 9,485
Badlands SD 64,144 25,958
Bald Knob IL 63,200 25,600
Bald Mountain NV 14,779 5,981
Bald River Gorge TN 3,721 1,506
Bandelier NM 28,955 11,718
Barbours Creek VA 5,800 2,300
Bay Creek IL 600,000 240,000
Bear Wallow AZ 11,183 4,526
Beartown VA 353,981 143,251
Beartrap Canyon UT 40 16
Beauty Mountain CA 15,627 6,324
Beaver Basin MI 20,454 8,277
Beaver Creek KY 29,537 11,953
Beaver Dam Mountains AZ 50,960 20,620
Becharof AK 16,893 6,836
Becky Peak NV 20,706 8,379
Bell Mountain MO 73,796 29,864
Bering Sea AK 14,726 5,959
Big Branch VT 7,035 2,847
Big Draft WV 73,726 29,836
Big Frog TN 87,900 35,600
Big Gum Swamp FL 7,553 3,057
Big Horn Mountains AZ 236,488 95,703
Big Island Lake MI 30,605 12,385
Big Jacks Creek ID 110,732 44,812
Big Lake AR 43,512 17,609
Big Laurel Branch TN 531,539 215,106
Big Maria Mountains CA 223,333 90,380
Big Rocks NV 6 2.4
Big Slough TX 3,455 1,398
Bigelow Cholla Garden CA 19,440 7,870
Bighorn Mountain CA 46,018 18,623
Billies Bay FL 46,849 18,959
Birkhead Mountains NC 5,025 2,034
Bisti/De-Na-Zin NM 41,170 16,660
Black Canyon of the Gunnison CO
Black Canyon NV
Black Canyon OR
Black Creek MS
Black Elk SD
Black Fork Mountain AR
Black Mountain CA
Black Ridge Canyons CO
Black Rock Desert NV
Blackbeard Island GA
Blackjack Springs WI
Blackridge UT
Blood Mountain GA
Blue Range NM
Bob Marshall MT
Bogoslof AK
Bosque del Apache NM
Boulder Creek OR
Boulder River WA
Boundary Peak NV
Boundary Waters Canoe Area MN
Box-Death Hollow UT
Bradwell Bay FL
Brasstown GA
Breadloaf VT
Breton LA
Bridge Canyon NV
Bridge Creek OR
Bridger WY
Brigantine NJ
Bright Star CA
Bristlecone NV
Bristol Cliffs VT
Bristol Mountains CA
Bruneau-Jarbidge Rivers ID
Brush Mountain East VA
Brush Mountain VA
Buckhorn WA
Bucks Lake CA
Buffalo National River AR
Buffalo Peaks CO
Bull of the Woods OR
Burden Falls IL
Byers Peak CO
Cabeza Prieta AZ
Cabinet Mountains MT
Cache Creek CA
Cache La Poudre CO
Cadiz Dunes CA
Cahuilla Mountain CA
Calico Mountains NV
Canaan Mountain UT
Caney Creek AR
Cape Romain SC
Capitan Mountains NM
Caribou CA
Caribou-Speckled Mountain ME
Carlsbad Caverns NM
Carrizo Gorge CA
Carson-Iceberg CA
Castle Crags CA
Castle Creek AZ
Catfish Lake South NC
Cebolla NM
Cedar Bench AZ
Cedar Keys FL
Cedar Mountain Wild UT
Cedar Roughs CA
Chama River Canyon NM
Chamisso AK
Chanchelulla CA
Charles C. Deam IN
Chase Lake ND
Chassahowitzka FL
Cheaha AL
Chemehuevi Mountains CA
Chimney Peak CA
Chiricahua National Monument AZ
Chiricahua AZ
Chuck River AK
Chuckwalla Mountains CA
Chumash CA
Citico Creek TN
Clackamas OR
Clear Springs IL
Clearwater WA
Cleghorn Lakes CA
Clifty KY
Clipper Mountain CA
Cloud Peak WY
Clover Mountains NV
Cohutta GA
Collegiate Peaks CO
Colonel Bob WA
Comanche Peak CO
Congaree National Park SC
Copper Salmon OR
Coronation Island AK
Coso Range CA
Cottonwood Canyon UT
Cottonwood Forest AZ
Cottonwood Point AZ
Cougar Canyon UT
Coyote Mountains AZ
Coyote Mountains CA
Crab Orchard IL
Cranberry WV
Craters of the Moon ID
Cruces Basin NM
Cucamonga CA
Cumberland Island GA
Cummins Creek OR
Currant Mountain NV
Dark Canyon UT
Darwin Falls CA
Dead Mountains CA
Death Valley CA
Deep Creek North UT
Deep Creek UT
Delamar Mountains NV
Delirium MI
Denali AK
Deseret Peak UT
Desolation CA
Devils Backbone MO
Diamond Peak OR
Dick Smith CA
Dinkey Lakes CA
Doc's Pass UT
Dolly Sods WV
Dome NM
Domeland CA
Dominguez Canyon CO
Dos Cabezas Mountains AZ
Drift Creek OR
Dry Creek AR
Dugger Mountain AL
Eagle Cap OR
Eagles Nest CO
Eagletail Mountains AZ
East Cactus Plain AZ
East Fork High Rock Canyon NV
East Fork AR
East Humboldt NV
El Paso Mountains CA
El Toro PR
Eldorado NV
Elkhorn Ridge CA
Ellicott Rock GA
Emigrant CA
Encampment River WY
Endicott River AK
Escudilla AZ
Far South Egans NV
Farallon CA
Fish Creek Mountains CA
Fishhooks AZ
Fitzpatrick WY
Flat Tops CO
Flatside AR
Florida Keys FL
Forrester Island AK
Fort Niobrara NE
Fortification Range NV
Fossil Ridge CO
Fossil Springs AZ
Four Peaks AZ
Frank Church-River of No Return ID
Funeral Mountains CA
Galiuro AZ
Garcia CA
Garden Mountain VA
Garden of the Gods IL
Gates of the Arctic AK
Gates of the Mountains MT
Gaylord Nelson WI
Gearhart Mountain OR
Gee Creek TN
George D. Aiken VT
Gibraltar Mountain AZ
Gila NM
Glacier Bay AK
Glacier Peak WA
Glacier View WA
Glastenbury VT
Goat Rocks WA
Golden Trout CA
Golden Valley CA
Goose Creek UT
Goshute Canyon ID
Gospel-Hump ID
Government Peak NV
Grand Wash Cliffs AZ
Granite Chief CA
Granite Mountain AZ
Grant Range NV
Grass Valley CA
Grassy Knob OR
Great Bear MT
Great Gulf NH
Great Sand Dunes CO
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge NJ
Greenhorn Mountain CO
Gros Ventre WY
Guadalupe Mountains TX
Gulf Islands MS
Gunnison Gorge CO
Hain CA
Haleakala HI
Harcuvar Mountains AZ
Harquahala Mountains AZ
Hassayampa River Canyon AZ
Hauser CA
Hawaii Volcanoes HI
Hazy Islands AK
Headwaters WI
Hell Hole Bay SC
Hells Canyon AZ
Hells Canyon OR, ID
Hellsgate AZ
Hemingway–Boulders ID
Henry M. Jackson WA
Hercules-Glades MO
Hickory Creek PA
High Rock Canyon NV
High Rock Lake NV
High Schells NV
High Uintas UT
Highland Ridge NV
Hollow Hills CA
Holy Cross CO
Hoover CA
Horseshoe Bay MI
Hummingbird Springs AZ
Hunter-Fryingpan CO
Hunting Camp Creek VA
Huron Islands MI
Hurricane Creek AR
Huston Park WY
Ibex CA
Imperial Refuge AZ
Indian Heaven WA
Indian Mounds TX
Indian Pass CA
Indian Peaks CO
Innoko AK
Inyo Mountains CA
Ireteba Peaks NV
Irish MO
Ishi CA
Island Bay FL
Isle Royale MI
Izembek AK
J.N. "Ding" Darling FL
Jacumba CA
James Peak CO
James River Face VA
Jarbidge NV
Jedediah Smith WY
Jennie Lakes CA
Jim McClure–Jerry Peak ID
Jimbilnan NV
John Krebs CA
John Muir CA
Joseph Battell VT
Joshua Tree CA
Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock NC
Jumbo Springs NV
Juniper Dunes WA
Juniper Mesa AZ
Juniper Prairie FL
Kachina Peaks AZ
Kaiser CA
Kalmiopsis OR
Kanab Creek AZ
Karta River AK
Katmai AK
Kelso Dunes CA
Kenai AK
Kendrick Mountain AZ
Kiavah CA
Kimberling Creek VA
King Range CA
Kingston Range CA
Kisatchie Hills LA
Kobuk Valley AK
Kofa AZ
Kootznoowoo AK
Koyukuk AK
Kuiu AK
La Garita CO
La Madre Mountain NV
Lacassine LA
Lake Chelan-Sawtooth WA
Lake Clark AK
Lake Woodruff FL
Lassen Volcanic CA
Latir Peak NM
Laurel Fork North WV
Lava Beds CA
LaVerkin Creek UT
Leaf MS
Leatherwood AR
Lee Metcalf MT
Lewis Fork VA
Lime Canyon NV
Linville Gorge NC
Little Chuckwalla Mountains CA
Little Dry Run VA
Little Frog Mountain TN
Little High Rock Canyon NV
Little Jacks Creek ID
Little Lake Creek FL
Little Lake George FL
Little Picacho CA
Little Wambaw Swamp SC
Little Wilson Creek VA
Lizard Head CO
Lone Peak UT
Lost Creek CO
Lostwood ND
Lower White River OR
Lusk Creek IL
Lye Brook VT
Machesna Mountain CA
Mackinac CA
Magic Mountain MI
Malpais Mesa CA
Manly Peak CA
Manzano Mountain CA
Marble Mountain CA
Marjory Stoneman Douglas FL
Mark O. Hatfield OR
Mark Trail GA
Maroon Bells-Snowmass CO
Matilija CA
Maurille Islands AK
Mazatzal AZ
McCormick MI
Meadow Valley Range NV
Mecca Hills CA
Medicine Lake MT
Menagerie OR
Mesa Verde CO
Mesquite CA
Michigan Islands MI
Middle Prong NC
Middle Santiam OR
Mill Creek OR
Miller Peak AZ
Mingo MO
Mission Mountains MT
Misty Fjords National Monument AK
Mojave CA
Mokelumne CA
Mollie Beattie AK
Monarch CA
Monomoy MA
Monument Rock OR
Moosehorn (Baring Unit) ME
Moosehorn ME
Mormon Mountains NV
Mount Adams WA
Mount Baker WA
Mount Baldy AZ
Mount Evans CO
Mount Grafton NV
Mount Hood OR
Mount Jefferson OR
Mount Lassic CA
Mount Logan AZ
Mount Massive CO
Mount Naomi UT
Mount Nebo UT
Mount Nutt AZ
Mount Olympus UT
Mount Rainier WA
Mount Skokomish WA
Mount Sneffels CO
Mount Thielsen OR
Mount Timpanogos UT
Mount Tipton AZ
Mount Trumbull AZ
Mount Washington OR
Mount Wilson AZ
Mount Zirkel CO
Mountain Lake VA
Mountain Lakes OR
Mt. Charleston NV
Mt. Charleston NV
Mt. Irish NV
Mt. Moriah NV
Mt. Moriah NV
Mt. Rose NV
Mt. Shasta CA
Mt. Wrightson AZ
Mud Swamp-New River FL
Muddy Mountains NV
Muggins Mountain NV
Munds Mountain AZ
Needle's Eye AZ
Nellis Wash AZ
Neota NV
Never Summer CO
New Water Mountains AZ
Newberry Mountains CA
Noatak AK
Noisy-Diobsud WA
Nopah Range CA
Nordhouse Dunes MI
Norse Peak WA
North Absaroka WY
North Algodones Dunes CA
North Black Rock Range NV
North Fork John Day OR
North Fork Owyhee ID
North Fork Umatilla OR
North Fork CA
North Jackson Mountains NV
North Maricopa Mountains AZ
North McCullough NV
North Mesquite Mountains CA
North Santa Teresa AZ
Nunivak AK
Ojito NM
Okefenokee GA
Old Woman Mountains CA
Olympic WA
Opal Creek OR
Oregon Badlands OR
Oregon Islands OR
Organ Pipe Cactus AZ
Orocopia Mountains CA
Otay Mountain CA
Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune NY
Otter Creek WV
Owens Peak CA
Owens River Headwaters CA
Owyhee River ID
Paddy Creek MO
Pahrump Valley CA
Pahute Peak NV
Paiute AZ
Pajarita AZ
Palen-McCoy CA
Palo Verde Mountains CA
Panther Den IL
Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs AZ
Parsnip Peak NV
Pasayten WA
Passage Key FL
Pecos NM
Pelican Island FL
Peloncillo Mountains NH
Pemigewasset NH
Peru Peak VT
Peters Mountain VA
Petersburg Creek-Duncan Salt Chuck AK
Petrified Forest National Wild AZ
Phillip Burton CA
Picacho Peak CA
Pine Creek CA
Pine Mountain AZ
Pine Valley Mountain UT
Piney Creek MO
Pinto Mountains CA
Pinto Valley NV
Piper Mountain CA
Piute Mountains CA
Platte River WY
Pleasant View Ridge CA
Pleasant-Lemusurier-Inian Islands AK
Pocosin NC
Pole Creek ID
Pond Mountain TN
Pond Pine NC
Popo Agie WY
Porcupine Lake WI
Poteau Mountain AR
Powderhorn CO
Presidential Range-Dry River NH
Priest VA
Ptarmigan Peak CO
Pusch Ridge AZ
Quinn Canyon NV
Raccoon Branch VA
Raggeds CO
Rainbow Lake WI
Rainbow Mountain NV
Ramseys Draft VA
Rattlesnake MT
Raven Cliffs GA
Rawah CO
Rawhide Mountains AZ
Red Butte UT
Red Buttes CA
Red Buttes OR
Red Mountain NV
Red Mountain UT
Red Rock Lakes MT
Red Rock-Secret Mountain AZ
Redfield Canyon AZ
Resting Spring Range CA
Rice Valley CA
Rich Hole VA
Rich Mountain GA
Richland Creek AR
Rincon Mountain AZ
Riverside Mountains CA
Roaring Plains West WV
Roaring River OR
Rock Creek OR
Rock River Canyon MI
Rockpile Mountain MO
Rocks and Islands CA
Rocky Mountain National Park CO
Rodman Mountains CA
Rogue-Umpqua Divide OR
Rough Mountain VA
Round Island MI
Ruby Mountains NV
Russell Fjord AK
Russian CA
Sabinoso NM
Sacatar Trail CA
Saddle Mountain AZ
Saddle Peak Hills CA
Saguaro AZ
Saint Lazaria AK
Saint Mary's VA
Salmon-Huckleberry OR
Salmo-Priest WA
Salome AZ
Salt Creek NM
Salt River Canyon AZ
Sampson Mountain TN
San Gabriel CA
San Gorgonio CA
San Jacinto CA
San Juan WA
San Mateo Canyon CA
San Pedro Parks NM
San Rafael CA
Sandia Mountain NM
Sandwich Range NH
Sangre de Cristo CO
Sanhedrin CA
Santa Lucia CA
Santa Rosa CA
Santa Rosa-Paradise Peak NV
Santa Teresa AZ
Sarvis Creek CO
Savage Run WY
Sawtooth Mountains CA
Sawtooth ID
Scapegoat MT
Selawik AK
Selway-Bitterroot ID
Semidi AK
Seney MI
Sequoia-Kings Canyon CA
Sespe CA
Shawvers Run VA
Sheep Mountain CA
Sheep Ridge NC
Sheephole Valley CA
Shellback NV
Shenandoah VA
Shining Rock NC
Sierra Ancha AZ
Sierra Estrella AZ
Signal Mountain AZ
Silver Peak CA
Simeonof AK
Sipsey AL
Siskiyou CA
Sky Lakes OR
Slaughter Creek UT
Sleeping Bear Dunes MI
Snow Mountain CA
Soldier Creek NE
Soda Mountain OR
South Baranof AK
South Egan Range NV
South Etolin AK
South Fork Eel River CA
South Fork San Jacinto CA
South Jackson Mountains NV
South Maricopa Mountains AZ
South McCullough NV
South Nopah Range CA
South Pahroc Range NV
South Prince of Wales AK
South San Juan CO
South Sierra CA
South Warner CA
Southern Nantahala GA
Spanish Peaks CO
Spice Run WV
Spirit Mountain NV
Spring Basin NV
St. Marks OR
Stateline CA
Steens Mountain OR
Stephen Mather WA
Stepladder Mountains CA
Stikine-LeConte AK
Stone Mountain VA
Strawberry Crater AZ
Strawberry Mountain OR
Sturgeon River Gorge MI
Superstition AZ
Surprise Canyon CA
Swanquarter NC
Swansea AZ
Sycamore Canyon AZ
Sylvania Mountains CA
Sylvania MI
Table Mountain NV
Table Rock OR
Table Top AZ
Tamarac MN
Tatoosh WA
Taylor Creek UT
Tebenkof Bay AK
Teton WY
The Brothers WA
Theodore Roosevelt ND
Thousand Lakes CA
Three Arch Rocks OR
Three Ridges VA
Three Sisters OR
Thunder Ridge VA
Togiak AK
Tracy Arm-Fords Terror AK
Trapper Creek WA
Tray Mountain GA
Tres Alamos AZ
Trigo Mountain AZ
Trilobite CA
Trinity Alps CA
Tunnel Spring CA
Turkey Hill TX
Turtle Mountains CA
Tuxedni AK
Twin Peaks UT
UL Bend MT
Unaka Mountain TN
Uncompahgre CO
Unimak AK
Upland Island TX
Upper Buffalo AR
Upper Burro Creek AZ
Upper Kiamichi River OK
Vasquez Peak CO
Ventana CA
Wabayuma Peak AZ
Waldo Lake OR
Wambaw Creek SC
Wambaw Swamp SC
Warm Springs AZ
Warren Island AK
Washakie WY
Washington Islands WA
Wee Thump Joshua Tree NV
Weepah Spring NV
Welcome Creek MT
Wellsville Mountain UT
Weminuche CO
Wenaha-Tucannon OR
West Chichagof-Yakobi AK
West Clear Creek AZ
West Elk CO
West Malpais NM
West Sister Island OH
Wet Beaver AZ
Wheeler Peak NM
Whipple Mountains CA
Whisker Lake WI
White Canyon AZ
White Clouds ID
White Mountain NM
White Mountains CA
White Pine Range NV
White Rock Range NV
Wichita Mountains OK
Wild River NH
Wild Sky WA
William O. Douglas WA
Winegar Hole WA
Wisconsin Islands WI
Withington NM
Wolf Island GA
Wonder Mountain WA
Woodchute AZ
Woolsey Peak AZ
Worthington Mountains NV
Wrangell-Saint Elias AK
Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel CA
Yosemite CA
Yuki CA
Zion UT

See also

External links

  • U.S. Department of Interior webpage on wilderness areas
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management webpage on wilderness areas
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service webpage on wilderness areas
  • U.S. National Park Service webpage on wilderness areas
  • U.S. Forest Service webpage
  • Wilderness.net's comprehensive website dedicated to wilderness areas in the United States
  • Fall Branch, Citico Creek Wilderness, Monroe County, Tennessee. (with photos).areas in the United States
  • Ventana Wilderness Alliance Dedicated to the preservation of Central California's Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness Areas and adjacent public lands.
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