Recreation Areas

Uncompahgre Wilderness
Alpine lake reflecting scenic mountains

Located within the San Juan Mountains, Uncompahgre Wilderness encompasses rolling alpine tundra meadows, rock castles and densely forested canyons. The area boasts two fourteeners and more than 34 peaks that tower over 13,000 feet in elevation. Several forks of the Cimarron River roar through the Wilderness, and numerous alpine lakes and streams are scattered throughout. More than 100 miles of trails provide outstanding opportunities for hiking, horseback riding and a variety of other a recreational activities.

Field Office:  Gunnison

Total Area:  102,721 acres (3,390 acres BLM/99,331 acres USFS)
Trails:  100 miles
Elevation Range:  8,400 - 14,309 feet

  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking and backpacking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hunting
  • Rock climbing
  • Wilderness
Attractions, Facilities, & Services:
  • 2 fourteeners
  • Primitive roads
  • Available in Lake City and Ouray: lodging, restaurants and shops

Directions:  Located between Ouray and Lake City, many primitive roads that access Uncompahgre Wilderness. For more information, contact the Gunnison Field Office.

Additional Information:

About Uncompahgre Wilderness