Weminuche Wilderness

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Weminuche Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Aspen Weminuche Wilderness
Aspen in the Weminuche Wilderness
Map showing the location of Weminuche Wilderness
Map showing the location of Weminuche Wilderness
Location Colorado, USA
Nearest city Creede, CO
Coordinates 37°40′N 107°30′W / 37.667°N 107.500°W / 37.667; -107.500Coordinates: 37°40′N 107°30′W / 37.667°N 107.500°W / 37.667; -107.500[1]
Area 488,210 acres (1975 km2)
Established 1975
Governing body U.S. Forest Service

The Weminuche Wilderness is a wilderness area in southwest Colorado managed by the United States Forest Service as part of the San Juan National Forest on the west side of the Continental Divide and the Rio Grande National Forest on the east side of the divide.[2][3] It is about 5 miles (8.0 km) south east of the town of Silverton and about 15 miles (24 km) northeast of Durango. At 488,210 acres (1,975.7 km2), it is the largest wilderness area in the state of Colorado. Within the wilderness can be found three fourteeners of the San Juan Mountains; Mount Eolus, Sunlight Peak and Windom Peak, in addition to numerous thirteeners and other peaks of note.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weminuche Wilderness". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Weminuche Wilderness". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Weminuche Wilderness". Wilderness.net. Retrieved August 7, 2012.