An Overview of the Ansel Adams Wilderness

Ansel Adams Wilderness at June LakeAnsel Adams was an internationally-acclaimed American landscape photographer who died in 1984, but his name lives on through his work and a special part of the Sierra Nevada in California deemed the “Ansel Adams Wilderness.”

Perhaps you’ve seen black-and-white images of the American West– and in particular, the Sierra Nevada? Then you’ve most likely seen Adams’ work. Adams was known for his work with the Group f/64 association of photographers who favored taking photos with sharp focus and using the full tonal range of a photograph. In other words, his work (and the work of his fellow photogs) was remarkably clear, with great depth– the images really “popped!”

Adams visited Yosemite National Park at age 12, where he started taking photographs. That lead to taking photos of various U.S. National Parks. It’s fitting, then, that a gorgeous, picture-worthy wilderness area in California got the name “Ansel Adams Wilderness.” This area is huge, spanning nearly 232,000 acres in the Sierra and Inyo National Forests. To the north is Yosemite, and to the south is the John Muir Wilderness.

If you were to hike around the Ansel Adams Wilderness, you’d experience elevations ranging from 3,500 to 13,157 feet. There’s the Ritter Range, which includes Mouth Ritter, Banner Peak and The Minarets. There’s also the Devils Postpile (a series of basaltic columns), the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River, and Mammoth Mountain in the general vicinity.

Big Rock Resort is actually located in the Ansel Adams Wilderness at June Lake. If you like hiking trails, rock climbing, and fishing, Big Rock Resort is ideally situated in this beautiful area of the country. Of course, you should bring a camera and take photos, like a modern day Ansel Adams! Right outside your cabin at the resort you’ll see a lake, trees, and mountains– it’s an outdoorsy person’s paradise.

If you love taking photographs and you’re looking for “the next amazing place to see on the bucket list,” then the Ansel Adams Wilderness will not disappoint. Get ready to take absolutely stunning images of landscapes and nature– maybe you’ll even see some wild animals, too.

For more information about Big Rock Resort in June Lake, CA, please call 760-648-7717. Your vacation cabin awaits!