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Description - The Sarvis Creek Wilderness area is in the Central Rocky Mountains in the southern Park Range. Land forms in the area are subdued, lacking prominent peaks. The dominant physiographic features within the wilderness are the broad slopes created by incised drainages. The land forms are mainly residual side slopes on Precambrian granite.

Vegetation varies with elevation and aspect. Lodgepole Pine, Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir covers most of the wilderness. This is a unique wilderness area in that there is essentially no alpine zone.

Recreation - The Sarvis Creek Wilderness offers a variety of backcountry recreation opportunities. Some of these include hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, backcountry camping, fishing, cross-country skiing and hunting.

There are two trails in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness: Sarvis Creek Trail #1105; Silver Creek Trail #1106. These both run east-west through the wilderness and can be accessed at either end.

Climate - Elevations in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness range from about 7,000 feet to 10,687 feet on Gore Mountain. Weather in the high country can change rapidly. Temperatures below freezing and snowfall can occur any month of the year. Be prepared for all weather types.

Afternoon thunderstorms often form in the summer. In case of lightning, move down from high ground to below tree line. Avoid ridge tops and open meadows. Think ahead and get to safe areas before the storm hits.

Location - The Sarvis Creek Wilderness was established on August 3, 1993 with the passing of the Colorado Wilderness Act of 1993. The wilderness consists of 47,140 acres which lie on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, south of Steamboat Springs and Rabbit Ears Pass. Nearly all of the wilderness is in Routt County, with a small portion in Grand County.

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Yampa Ranger District, 300 Roselawn Ave., P.O. Box 7 , Yampa, CO, 80483, Phone: 970-638-4516, Fax: 970-638-4635

Additional Information:
Colorado Wilderness Areas - Some of the most spectacular terrain in Colorado is preserved within Colorado's extensive system of Wilderness Areas.
Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District - The Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District makes up the northwest portion of the Routt National Forest. It is located near the towns of Steamboat Springs and Craig. The District includes much of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness.
Steamboat Springs Area - The Steamboat Springs area is located 160 miles northwest of Denver in the Yampa River Valley. The Routt National Forest and several State Parks surround the area.
Yampa Area - The Yampa area surrounds the town of Yampa and includes the upper Yampa River drainage. Yampa is located on Colorado Highway 131, south of Steamboat Springs.
Yampa Ranger District - The Yampa Ranger District surrounds the town of Yampa in northwestern Colorado. It includes much of the upper Yampa River, and the upper Williams Fork River drainages.

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