Wilderness is in the arid deserts, cypress swamps, alpine meadows, sandy beaches, and rocky crags. From Alaska to Florida, wilderness protects some of the most diverse and sensitive habitats in our country. It offers refuge for wildlife and a place to seek relaxation, adventure, or something in between for us. What does wilderness mean to you?
Wilderness is for all
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The Wilderness Act of 1964 established the National Wilderness Preservation System, a national network of more than 800 federally-designated wilderness areas. These wilderness areas are managed by the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and US Forest Service.
What does wilderness mean to you?
Explore different NPS wilderness areas and learn about some of the ways people connect to these special places.
Last updated: October 7, 2021