Castle Peak itself is a prominent, basalt formation with steep, rugged slopes. This WSA also contains several other peaks that all stand around 10,000 feet in elevation. From the main peak, topography varies from gently rolling hills to basins and meadows.
Many springs, small lakes, and perennial steams are found in the area; some provide aquatic habitat and support trout. The headwaters of several perennial creeks are found here, as well: Milk Creek, Alkali Creek, Big Alkali Creek, Catamount Creek, Norman Creek and Castle Creek. The Leonard Horn Ditch diverts water from Milk Creek.
Four outstanding geologic formations of sedimentary and volcanic origins from Cretaceous to Pleistocene time are also exposed in the area.
Total Area: 12,095 acres
Elevation Range: ~8,000 to ~11,275 feet
BLM Field Office: Colorado River Valley
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)
Location: Castle Peak WSA is located in Eagle County, approximately eight miles north of Eagle.
Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of sagebrush/mesic mountain shrub, aspen, spruce-fir, and a number of grassy meadows replete with wildflowers. Wetlands are abundant around the springs and lakes. Fauna includes Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, black bear, bobcat, mountain lion, coyote, beaver, raptors, waterfowl, and various other small mammals and birds.
Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, snowshoeing, fishing, 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.
Click here for additional information about the Castle Peak WSA from the Colorado River Valley Field Office.
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