Urban-Proximate and Urban-Distant Wilderness: An Exploratory Comparison Between Two "Types" of Wilderness

Authors

  • Alan W. Ewert
  • David Hood

Keywords:

Encounters, outdoor recreation, wilderness, wilderness experience, urban wilderness, visitor characteristics

Abstract

A number of areas in the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) are located relatively close to large urban centers. This study sought to identify if differences exist between visitors to an urban-proximate wilderness and those who visit an urban-distant wilderness. Results indicated that there were a number of differences in visitor characteristics, specific attributes of the wilderness trip, and responses to issues related to visitor encounters. These findings have potentially important implications for managers of wilderness environments close to large urban environments.

Published

1995-04-04

Issue

Section

Programs That Work