Gospel Hump Wilderness
The Gospel Hump Wilderness is a wilderness area located east of Riggins
Riggins, Idaho
Riggins is a city in Idaho County, Idaho, United States. It is nestled deep in a canyon at the confluence of the Salmon River and the Little Salmon River in west central Idaho, approximately 150 highway miles north of Boise, and 120 highway miles south-southeast of Lewiston...

 in the state of Idaho
Idaho is a state in the Rocky Mountain area of the United States. The state's largest city and capital is Boise. Residents are called "Idahoans". Idaho was admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890, as the 43rd state....

. It received wilderness designation in 1978 through the passage of the Endangered American Wilderness Act and is managed by the Nez Perce National Forest
Nez Perce National Forest
The Nez Perce National Forest is located in Idaho County in central western Idaho in the northwestern United States. The forest is bounded on the east by the state of Montana, on the north by the Palouse region, and on the south and west by the Clearwater National Forest. It has a total area of...


Although the Gospel Hump Wilderness Area is slightly larger than 206,000 acres (834 km²), when combined with the adjacent Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area and the surrounding unprotected roadless Forest Service land, it is part of a 3.3 million acre (13,000 km²) Wilderness-Roadless Area complex.

To the north of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area lies the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness
Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness
The Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness is a protected wilderness area in the states of Idaho and Montana, in the northwestern United States.At 1.3 million acres , it is one of the largest designated wilderness areas in the United States . It spans the Bitterroot Mountain Range, on the border between...

 Area. These two large Wilderness areas are separated only by a single dirt road (the Magruder Corridor), connecting Red River, Idaho to Darby, Montana.

Negating the Magruder Corridor, the Selway-Bitterroot, Gospel Hump and Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Areas constitute the largest intact piece of wildland in the United States outside of Alaska
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