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Savage Run Wilderness

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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.

Planning to Visit the Savage Run 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 Savage Run 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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