Wilderness is “an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain…retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation, which is protected and managed so as to preserve its natural conditions…” The Wilderness Act, 1964.
I’d like to say that Bear Rocks, in the Dolly Sods Wilderness; has no trace of man, however, it couldn’t be further from the truth. Upon my frequent travels there; I’ve found that it has become quiet the tourist attraction. You see, Bear Rocks is the best view in town, and access to it is relatively easy. There is a direct route to there from either side of the mountain range. All one has to do to see the beauty is get in your vehicle and drive. A parking lot is provided and views galore.
I prefer the back-country trails. Although, they are becoming more populated as word gets out. I suppose that’s due to people like me that share the wonders we’ve captured with the world. It is an irresistible temptation. So much diverse beauty – it’s unlike any other place.
One trip and you’re hooked.