The Bull Gulch WSA is characterized by its rugged topography and its proximity to the Colorado River. This land includes colorful cliffs, pinnacles, canyons, gulches, benches, steep slopes, grasslands, woodlands, sagebrush parks, and riparian zones - all of which make up a scenic landscape of outstanding diversity.
Within the canyons and gulches are colorful sandstone cliff formations with incredible stratification, landslide deposits, and volcanic intrusions. Unique geological formations exist elsewhere within the area and a wide range of topographic and ecological variation allows for solitude and excellent recreation opportunities.
Total Area: 15,219 acres
Elevation Range: ~6,400 to ~9,700 feet
BLM Field Office: Colorado River Valley
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)
Location: The Bull Gulch WSA is located in Eagle County, approximately 10 miles northwest of Eagle.
Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of sagebrush/mesic mountain shrub, pinyon-juniper, aspen, and Douglas fir. Cottonwood, willow, and aspen riparian areas are also found within the area, along the Colorado River, Alamo Creek, and Posey Creek. Fauna includes peregrine falcons, bald eagles, mountain lion, mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, sage grouse, fox, bobcat, and various other small mammals and birds.
Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, snowshoeing, rock climbing, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, 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 Bull Gulch WSA from the Colorado River Valley Field Office.
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