Explore Wilderness
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Wilderness areas offer glimpses into the past and provide places to envision the future. People can experience solitude or retreat from fast-paced society. Here are places of refuge for plants, animals and humans. Wilderness areas exist on public lands around the country for observation, contemplation and exploration.

Wilderness areas can be experienced in many ways, from a distance as one travels through daily life or close up during a multi-day expedition. Go to VISITING for information about where wilderness areas are and how to best visit them.

Even if one never sets foot in a wilderness area, designated wilderness can provide benefits. To look at the benefits of wilderness, explore BENEFITS.

Even though wilderness areas receive the strongest protection the United States can bestow upon public lands, there are still threats that interfere with the wildness and naturalness of wilderness. To investigate the threats wilderness areas face, take a look at THREATS.