Fossil Ridge Wilderness

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Fossil Ridge Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Fossil Ridge Wilderness
Map showing the location of Fossil Ridge Wilderness
LocationGunnison County , Colorado, USA
Nearest cityGunnison, CO
Coordinates38°41′00″N 106°38′00″W / 38.68333°N 106.63333°W / 38.68333; -106.63333[1]Coordinates: 38°41′00″N 106°38′00″W / 38.68333°N 106.63333°W / 38.68333; -106.63333[1]
Area13,992 acres (56.62 km2)
Governing bodyU.S. Forest Service

The Fossil Ridge Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness Area located approximately 16 miles (26 km) north of Gunnison, Colorado in the Gunnison National Forest. The 13,992-acre (56.62 km2) wilderness includes Fossil Ridge, a high, exposed ridge of Paleozoic carbonates that contain epeiric sea fossils. Elevations in the wilderness range from 8,880 feet (2,710 m) at Summerville Creek to 13,254 feet (4,040 m) at the summit of Henry Mountain. Elk, deer, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep can be found in the wilderness.[2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ "Fossil Ridge Wilderness". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved August 10, 2012.
  2. ^ "Fossil Ridge Wilderness". Retrieved August 10, 2012.
  3. ^ "Fossil Ridge Wilderness". Colorado Wilderness. Retrieved August 10, 2012.
  4. ^ Prather, Thomas (1999). Geology of the Gunnison Country (Second ed.). Gunnison, Colorado: B & B Printers.
  5. ^ "Geologic and aeromagnetic maps of the Fossil Ridge area and vicinity, Gunnison County, Colorado". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved November 1, 2014.