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.