Working to Protect Wyoming's Public Wild Lands.

Living Wild

Living and Playing in Wyoming’s Wild Country is a user-friendly guide to help you understand the value of Wyoming’s extraordinary wild landscapes and what you can do to help keep them wild.


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What is Wilderness?

Wilderness visitors gain personal benefits, remembered in the stories they bring home. But the benefits of wilderness reach beyond its value as a scenic playground.

Wilderness in Wyoming

Wyoming has some of the original Wilderness designated in the country in 1964.  Wilderness lands and roadless areas protect the wild nature of Wyoming.

All Wyoming’s Public Lands support Wild Nature

Wyoming is blessed to have many kinds of public lands that are protected, in various ways, to support the wild character of the state.

The Values of Wild Country 

The sheer variety of values evoked by wild country surprises many people.  Most of us are immediately drawn to the aesthetic qualities of the place – its beauty.  Equally important are the scientific, historic, recreational, spiritual and ethical values that inspire protection of place. 

Wild Land is a Fundamental Right of all Citizens

The wild lands of Wyoming exist for all of us to enjoy.  They exist for the benefit of future generations.  Protection and care for wild lands is a core value of America and for the state of Wyoming. 

Wilderness Stories and a Spirit of Place

The story and history of Wyoming’s commitment to wild lands is impressive.  This appreciation for and understanding of the land evokes a “spirit of place” in many Wyoming residents and visitors.

What Wilderness Does For You

Wilderness provides a diversity of users-hunters, anglers,backpackers, backcountry skiers, horse packers--outstanding experiences in nature. 

What You Can Do to Keep the Wild Wild

There are many simple ways for residents and visitors to think about participating in the campaign to protect Wyoming’s wild landscape



Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Wilderness?
Wilderness, by definition, "is recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” Wilderness can only be designated by Congress, meaning that in order to become a protected landscape, these wild lands must first be accepted in legislature.

2. What can/can't you DO in Wilderness areas?
Recreation in wilderness is often overlooked. Many people think that designated Wilderness areas are places that are off limits for human travel. This is a common misconception. There is LOTS to do in wilderness including hiking, fishing, horseback riding, skiing, snowshoeing, hunting...the list goes on. The biggest rule in wilderness is that motorized use is forbidden. This means no cars, trucks, ATVs, motorcycles, or bicycles. It also means no chainsaws or other motorized tools.

3. How does an area become a designated Wilderness area?
There are several intensive steps that occur before an area achieves Wilderness designation:

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