Gunnison Gorge Wilderness

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Gunnison Gorge Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
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Location Montrose / Delta counties, Colorado, USA
Nearest city Montrose, CO
Coordinates 37°40′00″N107°50′00″W / 37.66667°N 107.83333°W / 37.66667; -107.83333 [1] Coordinates: 37°40′00″N107°50′00″W / 37.66667°N 107.83333°W / 37.66667; -107.83333 [2]
Area17,784 acres (71.97 km2)
Established1999
Governing body Bureau of Land Management

The Gunnison Gorge Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness Area located immediately northwest of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The 17,784-acre (71.97 km2) wilderness area established in 1999 includes 14 miles (23 km) of the Gunnison River inside the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area. [3] [4]

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References

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  2. "Gunnison Gorge Wilderness". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved August 10, 2012.
  3. "Gunnison Gorge Wilderness". Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved August 10, 2012.
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