Wilderness 50


Conservation Colorado, The Wilderness Society, Sierra Club, and other non-profit organizations working to effect future wilderness designations by Congress will collaborate with John Fielder to recognize the 50th anniversary of America’s Wilderness Act of 1964. These and other non-profit groups will sponsor an extensive tour by Fielder to communities throughout Colorado to honor our country’s highest form of land protection.

On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, as a result of America’s support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system.

In Colorado, 3.6 million acres have been protected as wilderness since 1964, including such diverse lands as the Maroon Bells, Gunnison Gorge, Flat Tops, Great Sand Dunes, and much of Rocky Mountain National Park. Colorado’s wilderness achievement includes 43 separate wilderness areas, each with a story, a story of citizens working together to permanently protect some of the most iconic places in our state. But chapters of the story remain to be written. Today, Coloradans are working to add deserving places like Hermosa Creek, and parts of the San Juan Mountains and Browns Canyon to the National Wilderness Preservation System.

John Fielder is Colorado’s best-known photographer and has worked tirelessly to promote the protection of Colorado’s ranches, open space, and wildlands during his 33-year career as a nature photographer and publisher. His photography has influenced people and legislation, earning him recognition including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award in 1993 and, in 2011, the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s first Achievement Award given to an individual. He has photographed all of Colorado’s wilderness areas.

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Traveling Exhibit

20 John Fielder fine art limited edition framed photographs of Colorado wilderness areas. Profits from sales return to non-profit wilderness advocacy organizations. Click here to see these 20 images.



John Fielder Slide Show Tour

A Celebration of 50 Years of Colorado Wilderness featuring a 75-minute presentation with over 200 images of Colorado and other American wilderness accompanied by beautiful music, and John’s stories of life on the trail during 40 years exploring wilderness.


book-mountain-ranges-of-coloradoEach event includes a book sale and signing of all of John’s Colorado books and calendars, including a new edition of his best-selling book Mountain Ranges of Colorado celebrating Wilderness 50, and a special Colorado Wilderness 50 Poster. Profits from sales return to non-profit wilderness advocacy organizations.


50th Anniversary Edition

John Fielder’s best-selling 2004 book has been reprinted with a special introduction to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964. No other Colorado coffee table book better depicts the mountains of Colorado, and is neatly organized by the 28 distinct Colorado mountain ranges. John backpacked and llama-packed from 1984 to 2003 into the most remote parts of the Colorado Rocky Mountains with his 65 pounds of large format camera gear. These mountains represent the heart of Colorado wilderness. The book includes text about the geological origins of each range. A collector’s item for sure! Available at John Fielder’s Colorado Gallery, all book retailers, and online. $75.


Wilderness 50 Poster

Poudre Wilderness Volunteers has produced a new edition of its popular Wilderness 40 poster. Includes John Fielder photographs of each Colorado wilderness area. All profits return to PWV. $20