Location: Northwest District, Colorado River Valley Field Office
Size: 4,955 acres
Designated: 2008 Roan Plateau Resource Management Plan Record of Decision
Land Manager: Bureau of Land Management, Colorado River Valley Field Office
Located approximately 4 miles northwest of Rifle, the 4,955-acre Anvil Points ACEC was designated to protect scenic, geologic, wildlife and botanical values. The ACEC includes the prominent white cliffs of Green River shale along the southern rim of the Roan Plateau. The stark contrast of the barren shale cliffs to the darkly vegetated slopes below gives the area exceptional scenic quality and is the scenic backdrop north of the I-70 corridor between the towns of Rifle and Parachute. The cliffs contain important nesting habitat for peregrine falcons, golden eagles and other raptors. The ACEC contains a significant claystone cave that is reported to be one of the longest caves of this type. Townsend's big-eared bats have been documented within the cave. The area provides essential solitude for many wildlife species. The barren slopes of Green River shale provide habitat for the listed threatened plant, Parachute Penstemon (Penstemon debilis).