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About Us


Eagle Summit Wilderness Alliance (ESWA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation formed in 1994. Members assist two US Forest Service Ranger Districts in maintaining three federally-designated Wilderness Areas (Eagles Nest, Ptarmigan Peak, and Holy Cross), which comprise about a quarter-million acres of Rocky Mountain majesty. 

For more than 25 years, we've been the only local, on-the-ground organization helping the US Forest Service preserve and protect our three Wilderness Areas. This past year, ESWA:

  • spoke with nearly 12,000 Wilderness users

  • conducted 400 patrols on 25 trails

  • cleared 800 trees from 14 trails

  • hosted 32 shifts at 9 trailheads

  • guided 3 volunteer llama trips for Wilderness restoration

  • covered 2,700 miles on patrols

  • advocated for issues affecting these Wilderness Areas

  • dedicated 8,000 volunteer hours​

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