Bordering Rocky Mountain National Park on the south and surrounded by other Wilderness areas, little Neota actually stands in a huge expanse of virtually roadless country. With elevations ranging between 10,000 and 11,896 feet, snow enjoys a long life here. Neota protects flattened ridges of granite atypical of the steep-sided Rockies. Just outside the southwestern boundary, Iron Mountain at 12,265 feet looks down on three main drainages within the area: Trap, Corral, and Neota Creeks. Along the summer-wet valleys of these streams, willows and sedges grow thick and occasionally hide a moose or two. You'll find spruce and fir on the lower slopes, home to deer and elk. You won't find a lot of maintained trails, but you will have ample opportunities to be alone.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Neota Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.
Colorado Wilderness Act - Public Law 96-560 (12/22/1980) To designate certain National Forest System lands in the States of Colorado, South Dakota, Missouri, South Carolina, and Louisiana for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System