Outdoor Idaho:

50 Years of Wilderness

With the passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964, Americans began a grand experiment in land management... to set aside certain areas "where man himself is a visitor who does not remain."

Idaho now has four and a half million acres of official wilderness. Only two states -- Alaska and California -- have more.

For the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, we visit each of Idaho's designated wilderness areas -- the Selway Bitterroot, Craters of the Moon, Sawtooth, Hells Canyon, Gospel Hump, Frank Church River of No Return, and Owyhee Canyonlands -- to explore what we've learned since the passage of this landmark legislation.

And we also visit two proposed wilderness areas: the Boulder-White Clouds of central Idaho and north Idaho's Scotchman Peaks.

Is there still a constituency for wilderness? And what, if anything, needs to change?

We explore some of the issues surrounding Wilderness. And we also experience some absolutely stunning country!

Map of Idaho Wilderness

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