Vail/Eagle River Valley areas
Life is good here in western Colorado, thanks in large part to our wild and scenic backcountry. Some of this stunning terrain will stay forever wild. Wilderness designation ensures that places like the Maroon Bells-Snowmass, Hunter-Fryingpan and Holy Cross Wilderness Areas are permanently protected for future generations to enjoy.
But most of the surrounding public lands, remain unprotected, and at risk. It’s time to secure a new generation of wilderness.
Coloradans want more wilderness. No fewer than 70% of West Slope residents strongly support additional wilderness near their communities, and more than 90% of Coloradans believe wilderness is important to the economy and their quality of life. (Talmey-Drake Research & Strategy, Inc., 2007)
Senator Udall and Representative Jared Polis are championing major new wilderness additions on the White River National Forest and nearby Bureau of Land Management lands. Their proposals along with other citizen proposed wilderness areas will create several brand-new, stand-alone wilderness areas, and significantly enlarge the existing ones.
In the Vail/Eagle River Valley, new wilderness proposals includes the following areas: