The United States Congress designated the Savage Run Wilderness (map
) in 1978 and it now has a total of 15,271 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Wyoming
and is managed by the Forest Service.
Steep-sided canyons rest at the lower elevations (around 8,000 feet) of this forested Wilderness, which covers about 23 square miles on the west side of the Medicine Bow Range. The land rises to about 10,000 feet and rolling plateau-like terrain. At the tree line you'll find Engelmann spruce, ponderosa pine, limber pine, Douglas fir, subalpine fir, cottonwood, and quaking aspen. Anglers come for the creek's brook trout, while a resident elk population attracts hunters. Savage Run Creek tumbles through the heart of the area in roughly an east-west direction. The "more difficult" Savage Run Trail follows the creek for about nine miles, with an elevation change of 2,400 feet. Along the way you'll pass through stands of virgin timber. The strenuous Cottonwood Trail enters from the southern boundary and travels two miles to join the Savage Run Trail.