The United States Congress designated the Hermosa Creek Wilderness (map
) in 2014 and it now has a total of 37,203 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Colorado
and is managed by the Forest Service.
Hermosa's crimson-colored red shale and sandstone formation define the landscape as well as it being home to the Colorado cutthroat trout, peregrine falcon and large herds of elk. The mid-elevation wilderness ranges from 7,000 feet to almost 12,000 feet with a diverse forest of old-growth ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, white fir, aspen, blue spruce and Gambel oak. As one of the largest unprotected roadless areas left in the entire Southern Rocky Mountains, the area's spectacular beauty and remoteness attributed to its inclusion into the National Wilderness Preservation System. Thanks to local support from organizations in the four corner region and from citizens all across America, Hermosa Creek Wilderness is now protected for future generations to enjoy as an enduring resource of wilderness.