EAGLES NEST WILDERNESS
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The Eagles Nest Wilderness encompasses a total of 133,688 acres on both the Dillon Ranger District and the Holy Cross Ranger District in the White River National Forest and administered by both districts. For current White River National Forest Special Orders that affect the Eagles Nest Wilderness, please check the bottom of this page.
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The imposing Gore Range mountains are the central attraction of the Wilderness with elevations that range from 7,850 feet to 13,354 feet. The abundant snows that are dumped on the Gore Range all winter eventually become part of the Colorado River, flowing toward the Pacific Ocean. The Eagles Nest Wilderness has a very diverse topography ranging from aspen and lodgepole pine forests at the lower elevations of the Wilderness to alpine tundra at the highest elevations. There are over 175 miles of trails that enter the Eagles Nest Wilderness. All of the trails that enter the Eagles Nest join with the Gore Range Trail (FDT 60) providing access to numerous alpine and sub-alpine lakes and streams. The Gore Range Trail runs the entire north-south length of the Eagles Nest Wilderness from Wheeler Junction across from Copper Mountain Ski Area to Mahan Lake west of Green Mountain Reservoir.
The Eagles Nest Wilderness was created by the United States Congress in 1976 as a result of the Wilderness Act of 1964.
The Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness is an apolitical nonprofit corporation (501(c)3) formed in May 1994 to raise in-cash, in-kind, and in-service goods to help the Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest maintain the Summit County portions of the Eagles Nest and Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness areas. The Eagles Nest Wilderness consists of 82,484 acres of Summit County while the Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness has 13,175 acres. They presently raise money through membership dues, donations and grants. To view the Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness website please click on the logo below.
EAGLES NEST WILDERNESS SPECIAL ORDERS
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WILDERNESS OCCUPANCY AND USE REGULATION #2004-01