The United States Congress designated the Eagles Nest Wilderness in 1976 and it is managed by the White River National Forest. The rugged mountains of the Gore Range are at the heart of the Eagles Nest Wilderness.
The Holy Cross Wilderness is named after Mount of the Holy Cross, The United States Congress designated the Holy Cross Wilderness in 1980 and it is managed by the White River and Pike San Isabel National Forest.
What makes Wilderness special? Read the 1964 Wilderness Act (it's not very long and we've highlighted important parts) and you will understand.