The Bull Canyon WSA is more characteristic of the arid canyon ecosystems found in the Colorado Plateau than the surrounding Rocky Mountain Forest Province eco-region.
Geographically, the area is cut by deep ridges and canyons of sandstone eroded by rain and snowmelt waters. Colorful cliffs, a maze of canyons, and unique rock formations are a result of deep erosion. Colorful geography exists in Bull Canyon, Buckwater Draw, Middle Creek, and K Creek.
The WSA can be easily viewed from the Plug Hat Butte Picnic Area, located on Harpers Corner Road (four miles north of Dinosaur National Monument headquarters).
Total Area: 15,096 acres (14,576 Colorado; 520 Utah)
Elevation Range: ~5,600 to ~7,400 feet
BLM Field Office: White River
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)
Location: The Bull Canyon WSA is located in Moffat County, approximately four miles north of Dinosaur, CO. The WSA extends an additional 520 acres into Utah. The Dinosaur National Monument is also nearby.
Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of sagebrush, pinyon-juniper, native grasses and forbs, Douglas fir, cottonwoods, boxelder, and willows. Fauna includes elk, deer, coyote, hawks, eagles, owls, and various other birds.
Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, canyoneering, rock climbing, horseback riding, hunting, and photography. For more information, visit the Recreation page. Please note that though unconfined recreation is encouraged in WSAs, specific types of recreation may be barred from a specific area to prevent degradation of natural conditions.
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