The Rawah Wilderness now contains a total of 73,068 acres and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. All of the wilderness is in the state of Colorado.
Public land becomes wilderness through legislation passed by the United States Congress in the form of public laws. For the Rawah Wilderness, this process began in 1964 when 25,579 acres were designated by Public Law 88-577. The following public laws also affect the Rawah Wilderness: 96-560.
The Rawah Wilderness is part of the 106 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of wild lands contributes significantly to the ecological, economic, and social health of our country. Wilderness provides clean air and water, a shelter for endangered species, sacred places for indigenous peoples, a living laboratory for research, and a classroom for exploring personal values while experiencing risk, reward, and self-reliance. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, 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 the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the regulations listed below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Rawah Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.
For more information or to contact the Rawah Wilderness, log onto the Rawah Wilderness page on Wilderness.net.
Leave No Trace principles:
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