Powderhorn Wilderness

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest, Near Gunnison, Colorado

Powderhorn Wilderness does not offer reservations through Recreation.gov. Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!


Powderhorn Wilderness is located 10 miles northeast of Lake City, Colorado and occupies 61,915 acres. The southern one-fourth of the Wilderness is managed by Gunnison National Forest (13,935 acres), and the northern three-fourths by the Bureau of Land Management. Elevations range from 8,699’ in the north to 12,600' in the south.

In this Wilderness the northern verge of the San Juan Mountains reaches out into the Gunnison Basin, a dry land of sagebrush meadows strewn with fish-filled lakes, including Powderhorn Lakes. Worn by glaciation, the Cannibal and Calf Creek Plateaus contain one of the largest, least disturbed, and relatively flat alpine tundra areas in the contiguous United States. Elk and mule deer roam the plateaus and pass through the stands of aspen, pine, spruce, and fir that blanket the lower elevations.

Trails include the Powderhorn Lakes, East Fork, Powderhorn Park, North Calf Creek, Canyon Inferno and Devil's Creek trails.

Always use Leave No Trace techniques to help keep this area wild, clean, and pristine.