Mount Zirkel Wilderness

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Mount Zirkel Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Mount Zirkel Wilderness
Map showing the location of Mount Zirkel Wilderness
Location Jackson / Routt counties, Colorado, USA
Nearest city Steamboat Springs, CO
Coordinates 40°44′53″N 106°41′42″W / 40.74806°N 106.69500°W / 40.74806; -106.69500Coordinates: 40°44′53″N 106°41′42″W / 40.74806°N 106.69500°W / 40.74806; -106.69500[1]
Area 159,935 acres (647.23 km2)
Established January 1, 1980
Governing body U.S. Forest Service

The Mount Zirkel Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness Area located in Routt National Forest in northwest Colorado. The closest city is Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The wilderness is named after Mount Zirkel, the highest peak in the range at 12,182 feet (3,713 m), which itself is named after German geologist Ferdinand Zirkel.[2][3][4]

Some areas within the wilderness display bedrock composed of metamorphic schists with large garnet crystals.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mount Zirkel Wilderness". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mount Zirkel Wilderness". Wilderness.net. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mount Zirkel Wilderness". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area". Colorado Wilderness. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ Pearson, Mark; Fielder, John (September 1, 2002). The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas (2nd ed.). John Fielder Publishing. ISBN 9781565795167.