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El Toro Wilderness Area

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El Toro Wilderness area has a special protected status, researchers should note when they will be entering and performing research in the area as extra permitting maybe required from the USDA USFS.

40.5 km2   Area

Parent Field Area:
Northeastern Puerto Rico and the Luquillo Mountains ▲

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  • Setting & Research

    The El Toro Wilderness, named after the highest peak (3,524 feet) in the El Yunque National Forest, is the only tropical wilderness in the U.S. National Forest System (NFS). It is located 25 miles east of San Juan on the western side of the Luquillo Mountain Range.
    The El Toro Wilderness is the first designated wilderness in Puerto Rico and the first designated tropical wilderness in the NFS, which contributes to the national goal of a more diverse wilderness preservation system. The forest is also a Biosphere Reserve, an internationally (UNESCO) designated protected area managed to demonstrate the values of conservation.


    To View  more information about the wilderness area designation visit The source of the below map is 

  • Data

    No datasets for this field area have been entered yet

  • Partner Organizations