Wilderness & You

Wildflower jungles in the Greater Smoky Mountains, icy blue oceans off the Arctic coast, red canyons in the Colorado Plateau — when we connect with these wild places, we feel at home.

mywilderness

Learn why actresses Betty White and Wendie Malick, musician Dave Matthews and snowboarder Forrest Shearer are so passionate about wilderness.

Top experiences

The United States has 618 million acres of wildlands, including some of the wildest, most stunning and most bizarre landscapes in the world. We've chosen a select few that you don't want to miss.

Insider tips

Get tips for urban escapes to the wild, family-friendly fun, backcountry journeys, wildlife watching and more in our insider tips section.

 

 

  • 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.