The San Juan Mountains – A Fish and Wildlife Paradise

The San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act would fortify some of the best hunting and fishing in the state. Protecting the headwaters of the San Miguel, Uncompahgre, and Animas watersheds, the bill would preserve 2.5 miles of Colorado River cutthroat trout habitat and 17 total river miles. Wildlife migration corridors for elk, deer, and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep would be safeguarded. Situated near the towns of Telluride, Norwood, Ouray, and Ridgway, these wilderness additions would be a sportsman’s dream materialized.

The San Miguel – An Astonishing River

The San Miguel River and its watershed are a sportsman’s mecca. The watershed encompasses high alpine tundra to sandstone cliffs boasting spectacular trout habitat. Elk, Horsefly, Red Canyon, Goat, and Deep Creeks abound with Colorado River cutthroat trout. Elk, mule deer, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and desert big horn sheep all call the San Miguel basin home, seasonally. The San Juan Mountain Wilderness Act would protect the San Miguel River, the landscape which feeds it, and the hunting and fishing opportunities it contains.

Coloradans cherish access to great fishing and hunting opportunities on public lands. The San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act will ensure our legacy of keeping public lands public and create economic opportunities for Colorado employees and businesses in the rapidly growing outdoor economy. That’s a win win.
— Jim Bartschi, President Scott Fly Rod Company

Want to get involved?

Join the Sportsman’s Coalition for the protection of the San Miguel, and the passage of the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act

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Colorado’s hunting and fishing economy contributes $2 billion annually. Thank you to the businesses and partners WHOM support wild places to hunt and fish.