- The Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness comprises 180,962 acres in the White River National Forest and the Gunnison National Forest. It encompasses much of the Elk Mountains of central Colorado. Maroon Bells-Snowmass was one of five areas in Colorado designated wilderness in the original Wilderness Act of 1964. The area is most known for its twin 14,000+ foot high peaks known as the Maroon Bells. From exhilarating valleys to high peaks and passes, the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness is an area full of hidden treasures. High Alpine lakes also dot the landscape. There are excellent opportunities for study of the geology and glaciation of Colorado.
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