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Sarvis Creek Wilderness

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College of Forestry and Conservation, Wilderness Institute
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812

Phone:
406-243-6933

Description

The Sarvis Creek Wilderness now contains a total of 45,190 acres and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. All of the wilderness is in the state of Colorado.

Public land becomes wilderness through legislation passed by the United States Congress in the form of public laws. For the Sarvis Creek Wilderness, this process began in 1993 when 47,140 acres were designated by Public Law 103-77.

The Sarvis Creek Wilderness is part of the 106 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of wild lands contributes significantly to the ecological, economic, and social health of our country. Wilderness provides clean air and water, a shelter for endangered species, sacred places for indigenous peoples, a living laboratory for research, and a classroom for exploring personal values while experiencing risk, reward, and self-reliance. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. In an age of "...increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization," you play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the regulations listed below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Sarvis Creek Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

  

Occupancy and Use Regulations Medicine Bow- Routt National Forest

Pursuant to 36 CFR, Section 261.50(a), the following acts are prohibited within the Sarvis Creek Wilderness, Medicine Bow - Routt National Forest, until further notice:

1. Entering or being in the area with more than a combination of 25 persons and/or pack or saddle animals, with the maximum number of persons being 15. 36CFR 261.57(a)

2. Camping within 100 feet of any stream or body of water or Forest Service developed trail. 36 CFR 261.58 (e)

3. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a campfire within 100 feet of any stream or body of water or Forest Service developed trail. 36 CFR 261.58 (a)

4. Possessing a dog or other animal which is not under control to prevent harassment or other disturbance to wildlife, people and their property. 36 CFR 261.58 (s)

5. Possessing or transporting unprocessed plant material, such as hay, straw, or other unprocessed livestock feed for bedding, feeding or other uses. 36 CFR 261.58 (t)

6. To possess, hobble, picket, or loose herd , or to allow to graze any riding or pack animal within 100 feet of any stream or Forest Service developed trail, except for watering or through travel. 36 CFR 261.58 (s)

7. Possessing or using a wagon, cart, or other vehicle. 36 CFR 261.57 (h)

8. Storing equipment, personal property, or supplies for more than 14 days within a 30 day period, including time the area was used for camping. 36 CFR 261.57 (f)

  For more information or to contact the Sarvis Creek Wilderness, log onto the Sarvis Creek Wilderness page on Wilderness.net.

Leave No Trace principles:

  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 Ot

Details

Additional Details:

Occupancy and Use Regulations Medicine Bow- Routt National Forest

Pursuant to 36 CFR, Section 261.50(a), the following acts are prohibited within the Sarvis Creek Wilderness, Medicine Bow - Routt National Forest, until further notice:

1. Entering or being in the area with more than a combination of 25 persons and/or pack or saddle animals, with the maximum number of persons being 15. 36CFR 261.57(a)

2. Camping within 100 feet of any stream or body of water or Forest Service developed trail. 36 CFR 261.58 (e)

3. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a campfire within 100 feet of any stream or body of water or Forest Service developed trail. 36 CFR 261.58 (a)

4. Possessing a dog or other animal which is not under control to prevent harassment or other disturbance to wildlife, people and their property. 36 CFR 261.58 (s)

5. Possessing or transporting unprocessed plant material, such as hay, straw, or other unprocessed livestock feed for bedding, feeding or other uses. 36 CFR 261.58 (t)

6. To possess, hobble, picket, or loose herd , or to allow to graze any riding or pack animal within 100 feet of any stream or Forest Service developed trail, except for watering or through travel. 36 CFR 261.58 (s)

7. Possessing or using a wagon, cart, or other vehicle. 36 CFR 261.57 (h)

8. Storing equipment, personal property, or supplies for more than 14 days within a 30 day period, including time the area was used for camping. 36 CFR 261.57 (f)

  For more information or to contact the Sarvis Creek Wilderness, log onto the Sarvis Creek Wilderness page on Wilderness.net.

Leave No Trace principles:

  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 Ot

    Leave No Trace principles:

    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

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Located in Northwest Colorado on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests near Steamboat Springs.Directions

There are four trailheads that access the wilderness.

Upper Sarvis Creek: From the North: take Highway 40 to Rabbit Ears Pass, turn south on FDR 100, proceed 14 miles to trailhead. From the South: take Highway 134 to east side of Gore Pass, turn north on FDR 100, proceed approximately 16 miles north to trailhead.

Upper Silver Creek: From the North: Take Highway 40 to Rabbit Ears Pass, turn south on FDR 100, proceed 18 miles to trailhead. From the South: take Highway 134 to east side of Gore Pass, turn north on FDR 100, proceed approximately 12 miles north to trailhead.

Lower Sarvis Creek: Take Highway 131 to County Road 14 towards Stagecoach Reservoir, turn right on County Road 18, proceed approximately 3 miles to trailhead.

Lower Silver Creek: From the North: take Highway 131 to County Road 14 towards Stagecoach Reservoir, turn right on County Road 16, proceed appro

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