The Beaver Creek WSA topography varies from rocky, rolling hills in the southern portion to steep, rugged peaks in the north. The focal points are the east and west branches of Beaver Creek, which twist through several miles of deep, rugged, granite-walled canyons - offering spectacular scenery.
Beaver Creek itself is one of the highest quality streams in the Cañon City area. Both branches are especially scenic and contain several falls and many boulder-strewn pools and rapids along their courses. Snowcapped peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Range and Pikes Peak are visible from some of the higher points in the WSA, also providing excellent scenic views.
Total Area: 28,069 acres
Elevation Range: ~6,200 to ~9,922 feet
BLM Field Office: Royal Gorge
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)
Location: The Beaver Creek WSA is located in Fremont, Teller, and El Paso counties, approximately 10 miles northeast of Cañon City; 12 miles southwest of Colorado Springs. The area is bounded on the north by Pike National Forest.
Flora & Fauna: Vegetation within the area is very diverse, consisting mainly of semi-arid species in the lower elevations, riparian zones along streams, and spruce, fir, and pine forests on the mountain slopes. Fauna includes brook, brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mountain lion, mule deer, black bear, bobcat, elk, badger, and various species of raptors.
Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, rock climbing, hunting, fishing, and photography. For more information, visit the Recreation page. Please note that though unconfined recreation is encouraged in wilderness study areas, specific types of recreation may be barred from a specific area to prevent degradation of natural conditions.
Click here for additional information about the Beaver Creek WSA from the Royal Gorge Field Office.
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