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Raggeds Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Raggeds Wilderness (map) in 1980 and it now has a total of 64,304 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Colorado and is managed by the Forest Service.


Prominent rocky slopes striking skyward to a serrated ridge give Raggeds Wilderness its well-deserved name. Ragged Mountain in the northern half rises to 12,094 feet. Anthracite Creek passes through the deep Dark Canyon in the heart of a wilderness that contains numerous other creeks and small lakes. Oh-Be-Joyful Pass (11,740 feet), with the long sweep of Oh-Be-Joyful Creek Valley below it, was added to the wilderness area in 1993. You'll have to ford the Slate River to access the seven miles of the Oh-Be-Joyful Pass Trail. A dense coniferous forest covers the creek bottoms. Every fall, you'll see great unbroken expanses of aspens ablaze in shimmering yellow and rock bands of red, gray, and black rising above a patchwork quilt of gold and green. About 50 miles of trail are located in this wilderness.

Planning to Visit the Raggeds Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Raggeds Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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