Crown of the Continent Focus Areas

The Crown of the Continent is a spectacularly wild portion of Montana's Rockies — just as wild today as when Lewis and Clark traveled through it more than 200 years ago.

At Wilderness, our work in the Crown of the Continent focuses on three important areas.

Northwestern Crown

The Northwestern Crown is a hidden, unprotected gem where conservation has been overlooked for too long.   

Southwestern Crown

We are righting decades of abuse and neglect in the Southwestern Crown by restoring water quality and protecting wild places.

Rocky Mountain Front

This wild corner of the Crown has a quality of life and land that’s all its own. We are making sure it stays that way.

 

  • In the first of a three management plans to be released in 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Colorado missed a great opportunity to protect some of Colorado's most treasured landscapes—including the Dolores River, lands surrounding Mesa Verde National Park and recreation hub

  • When school was out for the summer in the suburbs of Manhattan where I grew up, my mom packed our little Subaru hatchback with sleeping bags, a tent, a cooler filled with fruit and sandwich meat, hiking boots, rain gear, and three kids, and headed West.  Like generations before and since, w

  • The Forest Service recently released a plan that could protect much of Colorado’s Thompson Divide from new oil and gas leasing. For years, this spectacular area has been threatened by oil and gas development.