Wilderness in National Parks

Bison in the Theodore Roosevelt Wilderness.

Parks with Wilderness

Many national park units throughout the country manage their lands and waters as wilderness. Is there a NPS wilderness area near you?

NPS staff review wilderness policy on field trip to the Gates of the Arctic Wilderness.

Law & Policy

The 1964 Wilderness Act and related NPS policy guides NPS staff in managing wilderness lands. How does law and policy affect wilderness?

Map of western U.S. designated wilderness areas.

Other Federal Lands with Wilderness

The National Wilderness Preservation System protects over 109 million acres of designated wilderness managed by the NPS, BLM, USFWS, & USFS.

Collage of various wilderness areas, people, and scenery in the National Park Service.

2020 NPS Wilderness Report

This national annual report highlights accomplishments and project updates pertaining to wilderness in the national park system.

Stories about NPS Wilderness

Stories about NPS Wilderness

Learn about wilderness-related news, events, and updates within national parks across the country.

Last updated: September 9, 2021


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