Rawah Wilderness

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Rawah Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
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Rawah Wilderness
Map showing the location of Rawah Wilderness
Map showing the location of Rawah Wilderness
LocationLarimer County, Colorado, USA
Nearest cityFort Collins, CO
Coordinates40°46′10″N 105°59′22″W / 40.76944°N 105.98944°W / 40.76944; -105.98944Coordinates: 40°46′10″N 105°59′22″W / 40.76944°N 105.98944°W / 40.76944; -105.98944[1]
Area76,394 acres (309.16 km2)
Governing bodyU.S. Forest Service

The Rawah Wilderness is administered by the USDA Forest Service. It is located on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado, near the Wyoming border, and also in the Routt National Forest to its south. It encompasses 76,394 acres (309.16 km2) and includes 25 named lakes ranging in size from five to 39 acres (20,000 to 160,000 m2). There are 85 miles (137 km) of trails in the area and elevation ranges from 8,400 feet (2,600 m) to 13,000 feet (4,000 m). Much of the area is traversed by the Medicine Bow Mountains and the Rawah Range for which it is named.[2][3][4] The temperature in the Rawah Wilderness ranges from a low of 5 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter and a high of 77 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer.


  1. ^ "Rawah Wilderness". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  2. ^ "Rawah Wilderness". Wilderness.net. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  3. ^ "Rawah Wilderness". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  4. ^ "Rawah Wilderness Area". Colorado Wilderness. Retrieved August 12, 2012.