South San Juan Wilderness

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South San Juan Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of South San Juan Wilderness
Map showing the location of South San Juan Wilderness
Location Archuleta / Conejos counties, Colorado, USA
Nearest city Pagosa Springs, CO
Coordinates 37°40′N 106°38′W / 37.667°N 106.633°W / 37.667; -106.633Coordinates: 37°40′N 106°38′W / 37.667°N 106.633°W / 37.667; -106.633[1]
Area 158,790 acres (642.6 km2)
Established 1980
Governing body U.S. Forest Service

The South San Juan Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness Area located in the San Juan National Forest, east of Pagosa Springs, in southern Colorado .[2]

The last known grizzly bear in Colorado was killed in the wilderness in 1979. Some believe that it is still home to a few grizzlies, but there is no sufficient evidence yet to prove this.

Recreation[edit]

The wilderness area contains: 32 lakes; many peaks above 13,300 feet (4,100 m), the highest of which is Conejos Peak at 13,300 feet; and 180 miles (290 km) of hiking trails, that includes 42 miles (68 km) of the Continental Divide Trail.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South San Juan Wilderness". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "South San Juan Wilderness". Wilderness.net. Retrieved August 7, 2012.