DILLON RANGER DISTRICT

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The Dillon Ranger District is home to two designated Wilderness areas, the EAGLES NEST WILDERNESS to the west and to the east the PTARMIGAN PEAK WILDERNESS.

To view the occupancy and/or use regulations of the Wilderness area you are interested in please 'click' on the area name above.

The term "Wilderness" generally means an area that is left undisturbed.  To retain the essence of the original Wilderness designation it became necessary to limit certain types of use in areas called Wilderness.  The limitations can be categorized into two areas of consideration, a)  causing unnecessary harm to the environment, and/or b) using mechanical means of transportation.  

GROUPS

- Restricted to 15 people or less.

- Must camp or have a campfire at least 100 feet away from any road, trail, or body of water.

- Dogs must ALWAYS be on a leash no longer than six (6) feet.

- No wheels (bike, game cart, etc) - mule packing is allowed. Click here for more detail : Forest Order # 2019-14

- Leave no trace - pack it in, pack it out!

- For detailed Wilderness Regulations please click on the above links

EAGLES NEST WILDERNESS

The Eagles Nest Wilderness was created by the United States Congress in 1976 as a result ot the Wilderness Act or 1964. The abundant snows that are dumped on the Gore range all winter eventually become part of the Colorado River, flowing toward the Pacific Ocean. The Eagles Nest Wilderness has a vary diverse topography ranging from aspen and lodgepole pine forests at lower elevations of the wilderness to alpine tundra at the highest elevations. The Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness is an apolitical nonprofit corporation (501(c)3) formed in May 1994 to raise in-cash, in-kind, and in-service goods to help the Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest maintain the Summit County portions of the Eagles Nest and Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness areas.  The Eagles Nest Wilderness consists of 82,484 acres of Summit County while the Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness has 13,175 acres.  They presently raise money through membership dues, donations and grants.  To view the Eagles Nest Wilderness Website click here: Eagles Nest Wilderness.

PTARMIGAN PEAK WILDERNESS

The Ptarmigan Peak Wildneress was created by the United States Congress in 1976 as a result ot the Wilderness Act or 1964. The Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness encompasses a total of 13,175 acres on the Dillon Ranger District in thwe White River National Forest and is bordered on the northeast boundry by the Sulphur Ranger District of the Arapahoe National Forest. The imposing Williams Fork Mountains are the central attractionof the Wildernesswith elevations that range from 9,127 feet to 12,757 feet near Coon Hill, just north of the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70. The Ptarnigan Peak Wilderness has a very diverse topography ranging from Aspen and lodgepole pine foresrts at the lower elevations of the Wilderness, then on to Englemann spruce at the middle elevations and on up to alpine tundra at the higest elevations. There are only a few trails that enter the Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness. All of the trails that enter the Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness join with the Ute Pass Trail providing access to the spins of the Williams Fork Mountains from Ute Pass in the north to Ptarmigan Pass in the south. To view the Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness Website click here: Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness.

ENJOY YOUR WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE!!