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Platte River Wilderness

Neighboring towns: Colorado - Mountain Home, Cowdrey, Walden    Wyoming - Encampment, Riverside, Fox Park, Woods Landing, Laramie, Saratoga, Albany, Centennial, Ryan Park

The United States Congress designated the Platte River Wilderness Area in 1984 and it now has a total of 23,492 acres. Colorado contains 743 acres. Wyoming contains 22,749 acres. 

About 36 square miles of forested land lying primarily north and east of the North Platte River is included in this Wyoming Wilderness, with a small segment in Colorado's Routt National Forest. The North Platte River enters Routt National Forest about four miles south of the Wyoming state line and flows north through a portion of the Wilderness and North Gate Canyon, a popular white-water rafting section of water. Elevations average 7,700 feet with the wide and relatively flat Platte Ridge rising in the middle of the area between the river and Douglas Creek. Elk and deer winter here. Both the creek and the river are noted for their excellent trout fishing opportunities.