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America’s Newest Wilderness

A quick guide to the best acres, trails, and views.

Utah

Washington County Growth and Conservation
Land protected 256,338 acres, including 124,406 inside Zion NP
Natural wonder The Virgin River
Champion Washington County (washco.utah.gov)
See it now From Weeping Rock trailhead, hike 6.3 miles through Echo Canyon to Observation Point.
Info: nps.gov/zion

Michigan

Beaver Basin Wilderness
Land protected 11,740 acres within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Natural wonder Chapel Rock
Champion Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (nps.gov/piro)
See it now Hike 2.5 miles from Chapel Road through stunted pine and white sand to stand beneath Chapel Rock’s towering sandstone.
Info: (nps.gov/piro)

New Mexico

Sabinoso Wilderness
Land protected 16,030 acres of canyons, cliffs, and pines
Natural Wonder 1,000-foot-deep Cañon Largo
Champion NM Wilderness Alliance (nmwild.org)
See it now Public access is TBD (currently, no official trails exist). Check with the Bureau of Land Management’s Taos field office for updates about their ongoing public access plan.
Info: blm.gov/nm

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