Every wild place is unique and has characteristics that we connect with for different reasons. We hope you find, among this list, some amazing wild places that inspire you:
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is considered the crown jewel of all refuges. This vast land of fragile tundra, dramatic mountains and epic wildlife migrations is truly the nation's last untouched wilderness.
The Arctic Ocean is one of the most fragile and challenging environments on earth. This partially frozen ocean at the top of the world is our front line of climate change.
Idaho's Boise National Forest spans 2.6 million acres and includes 7,600 miles of streams and rivers. It also houses more than 250 lakes and reservoirs.
Located between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, the California Desert is a vast landscape of painted mountains, sand dunes and hidden streams. It includes world-renowned places like Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks.
Clearwater Basin is a 6 million-acre landscape that rises from Idaho’s Palouse prairie into a craggy, moss-draped wilderness. Clearwater Basin is the native land of the Nez Perce Native American tribe and one of the places that Lewis and Clark explored.
Starting in the 14,000-foot peaks of Colorado’s San Juan mountains, the Dolores River winds through 230 miles of Colorado and Utah. The surrounding basin contains vast stretches of varied wilderness, from alpine forests to redrock canyons.
Wilderness areas dot the highland slopes of Cherokee National Forest in eastern Tennessee. The forest is located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
Montana’s Gallatin Range is a pristine chain of mountains. It begins in Yellowstone National Park and runs north to foothills outside the growing community of Bozeman.
The Greater Dinosaur Region in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah is sometimes called the sagebrush Yellowstone. Teeming with wildlife and divided by the Yampa and Green rivers, Greater Dinosaur is a paradise for backcountry hikers seeking wilderness adventure.
Anchored by our most famous national park, the Greater Grand Canyon stretches from Grand Canyon National Park in northwest Arizona to the Utah border. It includes lesser-known gems like Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and the ancient ponderosa pines of the Kaibab National Forest.
Washington state's Highway 2 corridor spans the crest of the Cascade Mountains, encompassing the Skykomish basin in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and most of the Wenatchee basin in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
The eastern gateway to Washington's North Cascades, the Methow Valley is flanked by impressive peaks that offer countless recreational opportunities year-round. The Methow serves as the eastern gateway to North Cascades National Park and provides access to more than 680,000 acres of Wilderness in the Pasayten and Lake Chelan-Sawtooth areas.
California’s North San Diego County has a wild heritage. About an hour’s drive outside urban San Diego, the rugged area remains untouched by the rapid sprawl of the region. It provides a welcome escape from hectic city life.
New Mexico's Organ Mountains are named for the granite “needles” in the highest part of the range that resemble pipes from a pipe organ.
Otero Mesa is a hauntingly beautiful wild grassland that stretches more than 1.2 million acres in southern New Mexico.
The Owyhee Canyonlands span southwest Idaho, southeast Oregon and northeast Nevada. They are among the most remote areas of the continental United States.
Idaho's Payette National Forest is home to remarkable wildlands with pristine backcountry, wildlife habitat and unparalleled recreation.
Pinnacles National Monument is a swath of stunning volcanic formations in central California.
Montana's Rocky Mountain Front is a hiking and backpacking gateway, where the prairie meets a wall of towering peaks. The Front provides access for long trips into the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and day hikes near the outfitter towns of Choteau and Augusta.
The Sierra Nevada is a breathtaking mountain range that spans 500 miles of California and touches Nevada.
The San Gabriel Mountains are an urban escape near Los Angeles. They are Southern California’s most accessible wildland — within an hour’s drive of more than 15 million city dwellers.
Utah’s canyon country is a backpacker’s dream. This remote and beautiful red rock wilderness includes Canyonlands National Park and is known as “the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth.”
This 100-mile expanse of land between Snow Mountain Wilderness and Lake Berryessa is an urban escape, 100 miles from San Francisco. City dwellers visit for its ample recreation opportunities, including hiking and swimming.
In Montana’s Southwestern Crown of the Continent, the Blackfoot and Clearwater rivers join to create the Blackfoot-Clearwater region. The region’s many forests, rivers and other wildlands offer recreation of all kinds.
The Western Arctic Reserve is a vast 22.1-million acre home to Arctic wildlife on Alaska’s North Slope. The Petroleum Reserve is roughly the size of Indiana. It remains a place where some Arctic drilling and Arctic wildlife can co-exist.
The highlands of western North Carolina are a place where wilderness hikes weave through towering old growth forests and rhododendron jungles.
White Mountain National Forest includes some of the most untamed and beautiful country in New Hampshire and Maine. This is New England’s wild backyard.
A state known for its wildlands, Wyoming gets its this name from this range in particular. It’s home to the 11,363-foot Wyoming Peak, where open slopes are dotted with sagebrush and pockets of aspen trees.
The Yakima Basin is one of the most diverse watersheds in Washington state. From the wet, alpine forests of the Cascades to the arid, sagebrush-studded Yakima Valley, the basin is home to the largest tributary of the Columbia River, the Yakima River.
Hear artists, activists and adventurers share what the ownership and legacy of these American wildlands means to them.
Whether you prefer the cool forests of New England or the hot deserts of the Southwest, you can help protect these wild places for future generations.
Wilderness is a precious resource with many human, natural and economic benefits that we need to protect.