Polis bill would enhance Colorado wilderness and recreation

Proposed Tenmile Wilderness in the Central Mountains region of Colorado. 

John Fielder. 

Continental Divide Wilderness and Recreation Act could protect Colorado’s most treasured landscapes

Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced legislation May 20 to protect Colorado’s Central Mountains, a breathtaking area in the Rocky Mountains of Summit County and eastern Eagle County.

View a map of the proposed wilderness areas below:

Colorado’s Central Mountains feature iconic Rocky Mountain vistas and provide some of the best recreational opportunities in the state. The bill would help protect this amazing and wild landscape to sustain these recreation resources, protect critical watersheds, preserve wildlife habitat and strengthen the local tourism economy.

This bill is a reintroduction of a bill Rep. Polis introduced in 2014. The recently introduced Act would protect 60,000 acres of wilderness lands in Summit and Eagle Counties.

The legislation would create new wilderness areas in the Williams Fork Mountains, Tenmile Range and Hoosier Ridge, and would expand the existing Holy Cross, Eagles Nest and Ptarmigan peak wilderness areas. The plan was drafted through an open, collaborative process that not only maintains existing recreation uses, but also incorporates community values by accounting for future improvements.

Protecting these areas would enhance outdoor recreation opportunities such as fishing, hunting, biking and backcountry snow sports. The plan would create an 11,500-acre Recreation Management Area within the Tenmile Range to provide world-class mountain biking, hiking and wildlife watching.

These photos give a small taste of what makes the Central Mountains so special: