What is Wilderness?

Wilderness has a formal definition, but beyond that, for many people, wilderness holds a special place in the heart and mind. People find the many uses of wilderness — uses that span from personal solitude to social benefits like clean air and water, to hunting and a protected cultural legacy.
[yt4wp-video video_id=”-xBeYyc-lR0″] Howard Zahniser wrote the first draft of the Act in 1956. An eloquent wordsmith, he chose the word “untrammeled” to characterize wilderness in the Act. Others questioned this choice, yet he was adamant about its use as the right word to characterize wilderness.

“A wilderness…is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man…”

– The Wilderness Act.

Quick Links

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Wilderness Permits

Wilderness Permits are required for the Golden Trout , Dinkey Lakes, Dome Land, South Sierra, John Muir and Ansel Adams Wilderness areas. Please get a Wilderness Permit if you plan on an overnight excursion in one of these spectacular areas.