The wilderness inspires creativity and renews the spirit. The solitude found in the great outdoors inspired the Wilderness Act of 1964 which protects lands for preservation of character in unique natural environments. Though wilderness is a term often used to describe wild land and nature, the Wilderness Act designated more than 700 federally protected US Wilderness Areas.
Not all wilderness areas allow camping, but most campers love the great outdoors, exploring nature, and visiting pristine environments, conservation areas and wildlife refuges. According to the Wilderness Act, lands that are designated wilderness must be managed by one of the federal agencies and the area must possess “ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value.”
Each US Wilderness Area offers recreation opportunities, wildlife viewing and a pristine natural environment. We asked which are your favorite wilderness areas and these five stood out from the rest: Ansel Adams Wilderness in California, Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana, Glacier Peak Wilderness in Washington, Mingo Wilderness and Wildlife refuge in Missouri, and Sycamore Canyon Wilderness in Arizona.
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