- 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.
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.