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.

 

 

  • A letter to Members of the House of Representatives urging them to oppose HR 4899, a bill that would undermine important wildland protections and force drilling in pristine areas of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

  • Every year, a coalition of conservation and environmental groups produce a report to help Congress as it debates the federal budget for the year. This report, has typically been to referred to as the "Green Budget." This year, it is titled "Green Investments," and it illustrates the importance of reinvesting in conservation and natural resources programs for Fiscal Year 2015 by looking at some of the effects of recent budget cuts. 

  • The Honorable Doc Hastings, Chairman
    U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources
    1324 Longworth House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
     
    The Honorable Peter DeFazio, Ranking Member
    U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources
    1324 Longworth House Building
    Washington, DC 20515
     
    Dear Chairman Hastings, Ranking Member DeFazio and Members of the Committee: