List of largest wilderness areas in the United States

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This is a list of the largest wilderness areas in the National Wilderness Preservation System of the United States. It includes all that are larger than 50,000 acres (200 km²). Statistics are as retrieved in September 2009 from Wilderness.net website.[1] Where instances of multiple states or agencies occur, they are listed in descending order of included acreage. The last column lists the entities that the wilderness is entirely (in most cases) part of, or partially included in (minority of cases, usually involving parts of the wilderness that are in otherwise unnamed BLM lands). They are also listed in descending order of included acreage. Agency abbreviations: BLM = Bureau of Land Management; FS = Forest Service; FWS = Fish and Wildlife Service; NPS = National Park Service.

Name of Wilderness State(s) Acreage Area: km² Agency / Agencies Located entirely or partly in
Wrangell-Saint Elias Wilderness Alaska 9,078,675 36,740.1 NPS Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Mollie Beattie Wilderness Alaska 8,000,000 32,374.9 FWS Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Gates of the Arctic Wilderness Alaska 7,167,192 29,004.6 NPS Gates of the Arctic National Park
Noatak Wilderness Alaska 5,765,427 23,331.9 NPS Noatak National Preserve
Katmai Wilderness Alaska 3,384,358 13,696.0 NPS Katmai National Park
Death Valley Wilderness California / Nevada 3,099,770 12,544.3 NPS Death Valley National Park
Glacier Bay Wilderness Alaska 2,664,876 10,784.4 NPS Glacier Bay National Park
Lake Clark Wilderness Alaska 2,619,550 10,600.9 NPS Lake Clark National Park
Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Idaho 2,366,757 9,577.9 FS / BLM Payette National Forest / Challis National Forest / Salmon National Forest / Boise National Forest / Bitterroot National Forest / Nez Perce National Forest
Togiak Wilderness Alaska 2,274,066 9,202.8 FWS Togiak National Wildlife Refuge
Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness Alaska 2,142,442 8,670.2 FS Misty Fjords National Monument (Tongass National Forest)
Denali Wilderness Alaska 2,124,783 8,598.7 NPS Denali National Park
Kenai Wilderness Alaska 1,354,247 5,480.4 FWS Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Idaho / Montana 1,340,502 5,424.8 FS Nez Perce National Forest / Bitterroot National Forest / Clearwater National Forest / Lolo National Forest
Aleutian Islands Wilderness Alaska 1,300,000 5,260.9 FWS Aleutian Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Andreafsky Wilderness Alaska 1,300,000 5,260.9 FWS Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Wilderness Florida 1,296,500 5,246.7 NPS Everglades National Park
Innoko Wilderness Alaska 1,240,000 5,018.1 FWS Innoko National Wildlife Refuge
Bob Marshall Wilderness Montana 1,009,356 4,084.7 FS Flathead National Forest / Lewis and Clark National Forest
Kootznoowoo Wilderness Alaska 956,255 3,869.8 FS Admiralty Island National Monument (Tongass National Forest)
Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Montana / Wyoming 943,626 3,818.7 FS Gallatin National Forest / Custer National Forest / Shoshone National Forest
Unimak Wilderness Alaska 910,000 3,682.6 FWS Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
Olympic Wilderness Washington 876,669 3,547.8 NPS Olympic National Park
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Minnesota 810,088 3,278.3 FS Superior National Forest
Cabeza Prieta Wilderness Arizona 803,418 3,251.3 FWS Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge
Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness California 768,222 3,108.9 NPS Kings Canyon National Park / Sequoia National Park
Yosemite Wilderness California 704,624 2,851.5 NPS Yosemite National Park
Washakie Wilderness Wyoming 704,274 2,850.1 FS Shoshone National Forest
Mojave Wilderness California 695,200 2,813.4 NPS Mojave National Preserve
Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness Alaska 653,179 2,643.3 FS Tongass National Forest
John Muir Wilderness California 650,734 2,633.4 FS Sierra National Forest / Inyo National Forest
Stephen Mather Wilderness Washington 634,614 2,568.2 NPS North Cascades National Park / Ross Lake National Recreation Area / Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
Nunivak Wilderness Alaska 600,000 2,428.1 FWS Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge
Joshua Tree Wilderness California 594,502 2,405.9 NPS Joshua Tree National Park
Teton Wilderness Wyoming 585,238 2,368.4 FS Teton National Forest
Glacier Peak Wilderness Washington 570,573 2,309.0 FS Wenatchee National Forest / Mount Baker National Forest
Gila Wilderness New Mexico 558,014 2,258.2 FS Gila National Forest
Pasayten Wilderness Washington 529,477 2,142.7 FS Okanogan National Forest / Mount Baker National Forest
Trinity Alps Wilderness California 525,627 2,127.1 FS / BLM Trinity National Forest / Shasta National Forest / Klamath National Forest / Six Rivers National Forest
Kofa Wilderness Arizona 516,200 2,089.0 FWS Kofa National Wildlife Refuge
Weminuche Wilderness Colorado 488,210 1,975.7 FS San Juan National Forest / Rio Grande National Forest
High Uintas Wilderness Utah 456,705 1,848.2 FS Ashley National Forest / Wasatch National Forest
Stikine-LeConte Wilderness Alaska 448,926 1,816.7 FS Tongass National Forest
Bridger Wilderness Wyoming 428,087 1,732.4 FS Bridger National Forest
Becharof Wilderness Alaska 400,000 1,618.7 FWS Becharof National Wildlife Refuge
Koyukuk Wilderness Alaska 400,000 1,618.7 FWS Koyukuk National Wildlife Refuge
Alpine Lakes Wilderness Washington 362,789 1,468.2 FS Wenatchee National Forest / Snoqualmie National Forest
Okefenokee Wilderness Georgia 353,981 1,432.5 FWS Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
North Absaroka Wilderness Wyoming 350,488 1,418.4 FS Shoshone National Forest
Eagle Cap Wilderness Oregon 350,461 1,418.3 FS Wallowa National Forest / Whitman National Forest
Russell Fjord Wilderness Alaska 348,701 1,411.1 FS Tongass National Forest
South Baranof Wilderness Alaska 319,568 1,293.2 FS Tongass National Forest
Gros Ventre Wilderness Wyoming 317,874 1,286.4 FS Teton National Forest
Black Rock Desert Wilderness Nevada 314,829 1,274.1 BLM Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area
Organ Pipe Cactus Wilderness Arizona 312,600 1,265.0 NPS Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Izembek Wilderness Alaska 307,982 1,246.4 FWS Izembek National Wildlife Refuge
Golden Trout Wilderness California 303,511 1,228.3 FS Inyo National Forest / Sequoia National Forest
Three Sisters Wilderness Oregon 286,708 1,160.3 FS Willamette National Forest / Deschutes National Forest
Great Bear Wilderness Montana 286,700 1,160.2 FS Flathead National Forest
Owyhee River Wilderness Idaho 267,328 1,081.8 BLM
West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness Alaska 265,286 1,073.6 FS Tongass National Forest
Lee Metcalf Wilderness Montana 254,288 1,029.1 FS / BLM Gallatin National Forest / Beaverhead National Forest
White Mountains Wilderness California 252,597 1,022.2 FS / BLM Inyo National Forest
Mazatzal Wilderness Arizona 252,390 1,021.4 FS Tonto National Forest / Coconino National Forest
Semidi Wilderness Alaska 250,000 1,011.7 FWS Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness Colorado 249,339 1,009.0 NPS Rocky Mountain National Park
Inyo Mountains Wilderness California 245,320 992.8 BLM / FS Inyo National Forest
Marble Mountain Wilderness California 241,744 978.3 FS Klamath National Forest
Ventana Wilderness California 240,024 971.3 FS / BLM Los Padres National Forest
Selawik Wilderness Alaska 240,000 971.2 FWS Selawik National Wildlife Refuge
Scapegoat Wilderness Montana 239,936 971.0 FS Lewis and Clark National Forest / Helena National Forest / Lolo National Forest
Palen/McCoy Wilderness California 235,627 953.5 BLM
Flat Tops Wilderness Colorado 235,214 951.9 FS White River National Forest / Routt National Forest
Ansel Adams Wilderness California 231,533 937.0 FS / NPS Sierra National Forest / Inyo National Forest / Devils Postpile National Monument
Mount Rainier Wilderness Washington 228,480 924.6 NPS Mount Rainier National Park
Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Colorado 228,044 922.9 FS / NPS San Isabel National Forest / Rio Grande National Forest / Great Sand Dunes National Park
Pecos Wilderness New Mexico 223,333 903.8 FS Santa Fe National Forest / Carson National Forest
Sespe Wilderness California 219,700 889.1 FS Los Padres National Forest
Sawtooth Wilderness Idaho 217,088 878.5 FS Sawtooth National Recreation Area (Boise National Forest / Sawtooth National Forest / Challis National Forest)
Hells Canyon Wilderness Oregon / Idaho 214,944 869.8 FS / BLM Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (Wallowa National Forest / Nez Perce National Forest / Payette National Forest / Whitman National Forest)
Gospel Hump Wilderness Idaho 205,796 832.8 FS Nez Perce National Forest
Aldo Leopold Wilderness New Mexico 202,016 817.5 FS Gila National Forest
Kingston Range Wilderness California 199,444 807.1 BLM
Fitzpatrick Wilderness Wyoming 198,525 803.4 FS Shoshone National Forest
San Rafael Wilderness California 197,380 798.8 FS Los Padres National Forest
Cloud Peak Wilderness Wyoming 189,039 765.0 FS Bighorn National Forest
Sheephole Valley Wilderness California 186,673 755.4 BLM
Siskiyou Wilderness California 182,802 739.8 FS Six Rivers National Forest / Klamath National Forest / Siskiyou National Forest
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Colorado 181,512 734.6 FS White River National Forest / Gunnison National Forest
Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness California 180,877 732.0 FS / BLM Mendocino National Forest / Trinity National Forest / Six Rivers National Forest
Kalmiopsis Wilderness Oregon 179,755 727.4 FS Siskiyou National Forest
Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness Washington / Oregon 177,423 718.0 FS Umatilla National Forest
Turtle Mountains Wilderness California 177,136 716.8 BLM
West Elk Wilderness Colorado 176,412 713.9 FS Gunnison National Forest
Kobuk Valley Wilderness Alaska 174,545 706.4 NPS Kobuk Valley National Park
Steens Mountain Wilderness Oregon 170,025 688.1 BLM
William O. Douglas Wilderness Washington 168,232 680.8 FS Snoqualmie National Forest / Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Colorado 167,414 677.5 FS San Isabel National Forest / Gunnison National Forest / White River National Forest
Old Woman Mountains Wilderness California 162,985 659.6 BLM
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness California 161,181 652.3 FS Toiyabe National Forest / Stanislaus National Forest
Mount Zirkel Wilderness Colorado 159,935 647.2 FS Routt National Forest
Superstition Wilderness Arizona 159,757 646.5 FS Tonto National Forest
South San Juan Wilderness Colorado 158,790 642.6 FS Rio Grande National Forest / San Juan National Forest
Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness Montana 158,615 641.9 FS Beaverhead National Forest / Deerlodge National Forest / Bitterroot National Forest
Mormon Mountains Wilderness Nevada 157,938 639.2 BLM
Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness Washington 151,435 612.8 FS Okanogan National Forest / Wenatchee National Forest
Kelso Dunes Wilderness California 144,262 583.8 BLM
Eagles Nest Wilderness Colorado 133,471 540.1 FS White River National Forest
Isle Royale Wilderness Michigan 132,018 534.3 NPS Isle Royale National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes Wilderness Hawaii 130,790 529.3 NPS Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Domeland Wilderness California 130,081 526.4 FS / BLM Sequoia National Forest
Arrastra Mountain Wilderness Arizona 129,800 525.3 BLM
La Garita Wilderness Colorado 129,626 524.6 FS Gunnison National Forest / Rio Grande National Forest
Hoover Wilderness California 128,421 519.7 FS Toiyabe National Forest / Inyo National Forest
Zion Wilderness Utah 124,406 503.5 NPS Zion National Park
Meadow Valley Range Wilderness Nevada 123,488 499.7 BLM
Jedediah Smith Wilderness Wyoming 123,451 499.6 FS Targhee National Forest
Holy Cross Wilderness Colorado 122,884 497.3 FS White River National Forest / San Isabel National Forest
High Schells Wilderness Nevada 121,497 491.7 FS Humboldt National Forest
North Fork John Day Wilderness Oregon 121,352 491.1 FS Umatilla National Forest / Whitman National Forest
Lost Creek Wilderness Colorado 119,790 484.8 FS Pike National Forest
Mount Baker Wilderness Washington 117,528 475.6 FS Mount Baker National Forest
Sky Lakes Wilderness Oregon 116,300 470.6 FS Rogue River National Forest / Winema National Forest
Arc Dome Wilderness Nevada 115,000 465.4 FS Toiyabe National Forest
Warm Springs Wilderness Arizona 112,400 454.9 BLM
Emigrant Wilderness California 112,277 454.4 FS Stanislaus National Forest
Delamar Mountains Wilderness Nevada 111,328 450.5 BLM
Jarbidge Wilderness Nevada 111,087 449.6 FS Humboldt National Forest
Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Arizona / Utah 109,400 442.7 BLM Vermilion Cliffs National Monument / Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Goat Rocks Wilderness Washington 107,018 433.1 FS Gifford Pinchot National Forest / Snoqualmie National Forest
Mount Jefferson Wilderness Oregon 107,008 433.0 FS Willamette National Forest / Deschutes National Forest / Mount Hood National Forest
Wild Sky Wilderness Washington 106,577 431.3 FS Snoqualmie National Forest
Nopah Range Wilderness California 106,571 431.3 BLM
Uncompahgre Wilderness Colorado 102,721 415.7 FS / BLM Uncompahgre National Forest
Popo Agie Wilderness Wyoming 101,870 412.3 FS Shoshone National Forest
Henry M. Jackson Wilderness Washington 100,356 406.1 FS Snoqualmie National Forest / Mount Baker National Forest / Wenatchee National Forest
Cedar Mountain Wilderness Utah 100,000 404.7 BLM
Mokelumne Wilderness California 99,161 401.3 FS Eldorado National Forest / Stanislaus National Forest / Toiyabe National Forest
Endicott River Wilderness Alaska 98,729 399.5 FS Tongass National Forest
Eagletail Mountains Wilderness Arizona 97,880 396.1 BLM
Chuckwalla Mountains Wilderness California 97,429 394.3 BLM
San Gorgonio Wilderness California 94,664 383.1 FS / BLM San Bernardino National Forest
Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Montana 94,272 381.5 FS Kootenai National Forest / Kaniksu National Forest
Ruby Mountains Wilderness Nevada 93,090 376.7 FS Humboldt National Forest
Table Mountain Wilderness Nevada 92,600 374.7 FS Toiyabe National Forest
South Prince of Wales Wilderness Alaska 90,968 368.1 FS Tongass National Forest
Bruneau-Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness Idaho 89,996 364.2 BLM
Mt. Moriah Wilderness Nevada 89,790 363.4 FS / BLM Humboldt National Forest
Paiute Wilderness Arizona 87,900 355.7 BLM Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument
Chiricahua Wilderness Arizona 87,700 354.9 FS Coronado National Forest
Chemehuevi Mountains Wilderness California 85,810 347.3 BLM
Clover Mountains Wilderness Nevada 85,748 347.0 BLM
Stepladder Mountains Wilderness California 83,536 338.1 BLM
South Etolin Wilderness Alaska 82,619 334.3 FS Tongass National Forest
Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness Colorado 82,026 331.9 FS White River National Forest
Bering Sea Wilderness Alaska 81,340 329.2 FWS Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
Kiavah Wilderness California 81,247 328.8 BLM / FS Sequoia National Forest
Shenandoah Wilderness Virginia 79,579 322.0 NPS Shenandoah National Park
Lassen Volcanic Wilderness California 78,982 319.6 NPS Lassen Volcanic National Park
Mount Grafton Wilderness Nevada 78,754 318.7 BLM
Indian Peaks Wilderness Colorado 77,711 314.5 FS / NPS Arapaho National Forest / Roosevelt National Forest / Rocky Mountain National Park
Galiuro Wilderness Arizona 76,317 308.8 FS Coronado National Forest
Resting Spring Range Wilderness California 76,280 308.7 BLM
Whipple Mountains Wilderness California 76,032 307.7 BLM
Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Colorado / Utah 75,439 305.3 BLM McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area
Argus Range Wilderness California 74,890 303.1 BLM
Mount Evans Wilderness Colorado 74,401 301.1 FS Arapaho National Forest / Pike National Forest
Chuck River Wilderness Alaska 74,298 300.7 FS Tongass National Forest
Owens Peak Wilderness California 74,060 299.7 BLM
Mission Mountains Wilderness Montana 73,877 299.0 FS Flathead National Forest
Rawah Wilderness Colorado 73,068 295.7 FS Roosevelt National Forest / Routt National Forest
Piper Mountain Wilderness California 72,575 293.7 BLM
Pahrump Valley Wilderness California 72,528 293.5 BLM
Santa Rosa Wilderness California 72,259 292.4 BLM / FS San Bernardino National Forest
Saguaro Wilderness Arizona 70,905 286.9 NPS Saguaro National Park
South Warner Wilderness California 70,614 285.8 FS Modoc National Forest
Kanab Creek Wilderness Arizona 70,460 285.1 FS / BLM Kaibab National Forest
Bristol Mountains Wilderness California 70,028 283.4 BLM
Strawberry Mountain Wilderness Oregon 69,350 280.6 FS Malheur National Forest
Highland Ridge Wilderness Nevada 68,627 277.7 BLM
Dick Smith Wilderness California 67,800 274.4 FS Los Padres National Forest
Mount Hood Wilderness Oregon 67,320 272.4 FS Mt. Hood National Forest
South Egan Range Wilderness Nevada 67,214 272.0 BLM
Tebenkof Bay Wilderness Alaska 66,812 270.4 FS Tongass National Forest
Comanche Peak Wilderness Colorado 66,791 270.3 FS Roosevelt National Forest
Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Colorado 66,280 268.2 BLM Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area
Raggeds Wilderness Colorado 65,393 264.6 FS Gunnison National Forest / White River National Forest
Calico Mountains Wilderness Nevada 64,984 263.0 BLM Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area
Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness Oregon 64,960 262.9 FS Mt. Hood National Forest
Badlands Wilderness South Dakota 64,144 259.6 NPS Badlands National Park
Woolsey Peak Wilderness Arizona 64,000 259.0 BLM
Desolation Wilderness California 63,475 256.9 FS Eldorado National Forest
North Maricopa Mountains Wilderness Arizona 63,200 255.8 BLM Sonoran Desert National Monument
Powderhorn Wilderness Colorado 62,050 251.1 BLM / FS Gunnison National Forest
Cebolla Wilderness New Mexico 61,500 248.9 BLM
Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness Oregon 61,340 248.2 FS Mt. Hood National Forest
Four Peaks Wilderness Arizona 61,074 247.2 FS Tonto National Forest
Kuiu Wilderness Alaska 60,581 245.2 FS Tongass National Forest
South Maricopa Mountains Wilderness Arizona 60,100 243.2 BLM Sonoran Desert National Monument
South Sierra Wilderness California 60,084 243.2 FS Inyo National Forest / Sequoia National Forest
Snow Mountain Wilderness California 60,076 243.1 FS Mendocino National Forest
High Rock Lake Wilderness Nevada 59,094 239.1 BLM Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area
Mount Charleston Wilderness Nevada 57,442 232.5 FS / BLM Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (Toiyabe National Forest)
Pusch Ridge Wilderness Arizona 56,933 230.4 FS Coronado National Forest
Pahute Peak Wilderness Nevada 56,890 230.2 BLM Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area
Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Arizona 55,937 226.4 FS Prescott National Forest / Coconino National Forest / Kaibab National Forest
South Jackson Mountains Wilderness Nevada 54,535 220.7 BLM Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area
Mount Thielsen Wilderness Oregon 54,267 219.6 FS Winema National Forest / Umpqua National Forest / Deschutes National Forest
Diamond Peak Wilderness Oregon 54,185 219.3 FS Deschutes National Forest / Willamette National Forest
Yuki Wilderness California 53,887 218.1 FS / BLM Mendocino National Forest
Big Jacks Creek Wilderness Idaho 52,826 213.8 BLM
Mount Washington Wilderness Oregon 52,738 213.4 FS Willamette National Forest / Deschutes National Forest
East Fork High Rock Canyon Wilderness Nevada 52,617 212.9 BLM Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area
Grant Range Wilderness Nevada 52,600 212.9 FS Humboldt National Forest
Norse Peak Wilderness Washington 52,180 211.2 FS Snoqualmie National Forest
Sacatar Trail Wilderness California 51,900 210.0 BLM
Weepah Spring Wilderness Nevada 51,480 208.3 BLM
Little Jacks Creek Wilderness Idaho 50,929 206.1 BLM
Orocopia Mountains Wilderness California 50,562 204.6 BLM
Coso Range Wilderness California 50,520 204.4 BLM
Chama River Canyon Wilderness New Mexico 50,300 203.6 FS Santa Fe National Forest / Carson National Forest
Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area Arizona 50,260 203.4 NPS Petrified Forest National Park
Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness Utah 50,232 203.3 FS Dixie National Forest

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilderness.net search page