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.

 

 

  • Michael Reinemer

    Next week, Americans across the country will mark the 50th anniversary of one of the country’s most effective conservation laws, the Wilderness Act.  Signed by President Johnson on September 3, 1964, the Act was a historic achievement for federal public lands protection, marking the beginning of an era in which the American people are empowered by Congress to propose protection of special wild places, watersheds, wildlife habitat, and outstanding recreational opportunities like hunting, fishing, camping and hi

  • Michael Reinemer
    The Wilderness Society today praised Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) for introducing important legislation that would conserve more than 58,000 acres of public lands in Colorado’s Eagle and Summit Counties including approximately 40,000 acres of wilderness and more than 18,000 acres as special management areas.  
     
  • Michael Reinemer
    To mark the 50th year since the signing of the Wilderness Act in 1964, the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment and The Wilderness Society will host a conference on September 4 and 5 at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder. “Celebrating the Great Law: The Wilderness Act at 50” will feature prominent authors, professors, historians, activists and Colorado’s poet laureate.