Mount Zirkel Wilderness

Mount Zirkel Wilderness
IUCN Category Ib (Wilderness Area)
Map showing the location of Mount Zirkel Wilderness
Map showing the location of Mount Zirkel Wilderness
Location Jackson / Routt counties, Colorado, USA
Nearest city Steamboat Springs, CO
Coordinates 40°44′53″N 106°41′42″W / 40.74806°N 106.695°W / 40.74806; -106.695Coordinates: 40°44′53″N 106°41′42″W / 40.74806°N 106.695°W / 40.74806; -106.695
Area 159,935 acres (647 km2)
Established January 1, 1980
Governing body U.S. Forest Service

The Mount Zirkel Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness Area located in Routt National Forest in northwest Colorado. The closest city is Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The wilderness is named after Mount Zirkel, the highest peak in the range, which itself is named after German geologist Ferdinand Zirkel.

Some areas within the wilderness display bedrock composed of metamorphic schists with large garnet crystals.

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