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.


~ by Teresa Stover on 03/18/2010.

6 Responses to “wilderness”

  1. Beautiful image T! I remember going up here fifteen years ago and having it to myself. Miss those days, but the reality is, if we are to protect and preserve these places, others must fall in love with them too.

    If one does not become hooked once they visit this magical area, something is wrong!

    • Thank you, Randy. We must protect this beautiful place, and sharing our love for it and images is one way of doing that. I’m looking forward to sharing more adventures in the land of Dolly with my friends.

  2. Unique in ever way Teresa..Once you’ve visited you will know the feeling…and fabulous photo of the sunrise!

  3. The detail on those bushes is really quite amazing!

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