The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area is one of the crown jewels of the entire Wilderness Preservation system. Together the Absaroka and Beartooth mountain ranges make up a sublime roadless wilderness that fully deserves its status as ‘Wilderness’, this country’s highest level of protection for our shared public lands. The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation (ABWF) is dedicated to helping protect this vast wilderness to such a high standard.
This is truly BIG Wilderness! At 944,000 acres, the “A-B” is one of the largest wilderness areas in the Lower 48 states, larger than Yosemite NP, and on par with Glacier National Park. If the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area were plucked from its present location and reinserted in just about any other place in America, it might well be a National Park by its own merit. So exceptional is its mountain scenery, rugged beauty, superlative recreational opportunities, pristine natural resources, and vacation-worthy destinations. It’s hard to take it all in. As it is — so close to Yellowstone National Park that thousands upon thousands pass it by on their way to Yellowstone — it is relatively unknown and often overlooked.
But increasingly, there ARE impacts to wild areas like the A-B. It would be unforgiveable to let those impacts go unchecked. There are those of us who believe the A-B Wilderness should not be overlooked. Places this unspoiled and unique need supporters and our extra help. Concerned that this wondrously pristine place might deteriorate due to Forest Service budget shortfalls and personnel cut-backs, a “Friends-Of” type group formed in 2007-08 with the goal of providing additional stewardship for the remarkable resources that make up the A-B Wilderness. That group is the The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation (ABWF)!
We are a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness of this special place and educating others about how to protect its resources. Stewardship is what we do. We deliver “boots-on-the-ground” experiences — like volunteer trail maintenance projects, Citizen Science activities, and educational outreach — that bring everyday citizens more closely in touch with and more appreciative of the treasured Wilderness that is the A-B. There are not many places left like it!