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Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado

The Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness now contains a total of 181,512 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 Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, this process began in 1964 when 66,100 acres were designated by Public Law 88-577. The following public laws also affect the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness: 96-560.

The Maroon Bells-Snowmass 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 Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

  Area Management:

Unless otherwise specified, no motorized equipment or mechanical transport is allowed. This is true for all federal lands managed as designated wilderness.

  For more information or to contact the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, log onto the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness page on

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 VisitorsFor more detailed information on the Leave No Trace principles above, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.


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