Known for it’s jagged peaks and high alpine tundra, the Uncompahgre Wilderness area is located to the south-west of Montrose. This northern San Juan Mountain wilderness contains a series of north/south drainages whose edges are marked with jagged ridges and banded cliffs. The Uncompahgre covers 102,721 acres, and spans both the Gunnison and Uncompahgre National Forests, with elevations from 8,400 to 14,309 feet. The Wetterhorn (14,015′) and Uncompahgre (14,309′) are the highest peaks of the wilderness area. Northern trail access is from the West, Middle, and East forks of the Big Cimarron River. Designated by Congress in 1980 and enlarged in 1993, the Uncompahgre Wilderness Area contains 110 miles of hiking trail.

USGS Topo maps link:

Dallas Courthouse Mountain Sheep Mountain Alpine Plateau
Ouray Wetterhorn Peak Uncompahgre Peak Lake City

Established: 1980, expanded 1993

Acres:  102,721

Elevation Range:  8,400- 14,309 feet


Uncompahgre Peak- 14,309 feet

Wetterhorn Peak- 14,015 feet


Lake City


Hunting Areas: 65, 66