Big, wild, and inspiring - The Weminuche Wilderness of Colorado
The largest wilderness in Colorado, the Weminuche wilderness contains a significant part of the San Juan Mountains near the towns of Durango, Silverton, and Pagosa Springs.The area is known for its difficult and rugged terrain that ranges from the deep Animas river gorge to the tops of the jagged peaks in the Needle Range that lie immediately to the east.
The Weminuche wilderness (pronounced 'why-meh-nuke-ee') consists of an area uplifted during a period of volcanic activity eons ago. Recent ice-ages have left their mark on the landscape as well. The glaciers left sharp turrets and jagged peaks separated by lake studded alpine valleys. Nowhere else in Colorado do the mountains take on such a wild and rugged nature as they do in the heart of the San Juan Mountains...and the Weminuche wilderness captures the unspoilded heart of it all.
You will ride the Narrow Gauge Railway between Durango and Silverton into the wilderness to backpack and camp. Join the adventure!