Of the best public hunting and fishing are right in your backyard. Click on the graphic to see what roadless areas are in your state.
Click on the links to learn more about the role the backcountry plays in your state:
If you think roadless areas don’t impact you, think again. These areas are interspersed throughout the West, and chances are you’ve run across one or two in your time afield.
And even if you’ve never set foot in one of these pristine places, their importance affects us all. As the headwaters for a multitude of rivers which supply urban areas downstream, roadless lands play an important role in delivering consistently clean water. For the sportsmen who prefer to hunt the front country, many of the bulls and bucks they see spend at least a portion of their time in the secure habitat provided in the backcountry. And for those who don’t venture far from home but like to step outside and appreciate a breath of fresh air? Guess where much of that clean air comes from? That’s right, the backcountry.
Roadless areas mean a lot to people. But they mean even more to wildlife. For instance, in Colorado, 71 percent of the state’s Colorado River cutthroat trout habitat is situated in roadless areas. In Idaho, 74 percent of steelhead watersheds reside in roadless areas. In Wyoming, 67 percent of Yellowstone Cutthroat habitat is in roadless areas.
But far beyond the statistics is the overwhelming fact that these kinds of figures are found in all western states. The map above shows a general outline of roadless areas across the West. Mouse over your state to learn what’s at stake. Then stop by our “Get Involved” page to get more information or learn how you can help keep the backcountry like it is.