El Toro Wilderness

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El Toro Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
El Toro Wilderness.jpg
Location El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
Nearest city Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Coordinates 18°16′13″N 65°49′44″W / 18.27028°N 65.82889°W / 18.27028; -65.82889Coordinates: 18°16′13″N 65°49′44″W / 18.27028°N 65.82889°W / 18.27028; -65.82889
Area 10,000 acres (40.5 km2)
Established December, 2005
Governing body United States Forest Service

El Toro Wilderness (Spanish: Selva El Toro) is a 10,000-acre (40.5 km2) National Wilderness Preservation System unit located partly within El Yunque National Forest (formerly the Caribbean National Forest) on the island of Puerto Rico. El Toro, named after the highest peak in the forest at 3,524 feet (1,074 m), is the only tropical wilderness in the United States National Forest System.[1]

Caribbean National Forest map

El Toro is home to a variety of wildlife, including the critically endangered Puerto Rican parrot.

In descending order of land area the wilderness is located in parts of the municipalities of Río Grande, Naguabo, Las Piedras, and Canóvanas.

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  1. ^ El Toro Wilderness fact sheet - U.S. Forest Service

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