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
LocationArchuleta / Conejos counties, Colorado, USA
Nearest cityPagosa Springs, CO
Coordinates37°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]
Area158,790 acres (642.6 km2)
Governing bodyU.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.


The wilderness area contains: 32 lakes; many peaks above 13,000 feet (4,000 m), the highest of which is Summit Peak at 13,307 feet; and 180 miles (290 km) of hiking trails, that includes 42 miles (68 km) of the Continental Divide Trail.[citation needed]


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