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Chew Winter Camp

The Chew Winter Camp WSA is small and remote, consisting of ridgetops and portions of intervening drainages on the southern slopes of Douglas Mountain, which trend southward into Dinosaur National Monument and the Yampa River. The area is an extension of the landforms and portions of drainages found in Dinosaur National Monument. The rugged topography, dense vegetation, low recreation use and remoteness of this WSA contribute to the outstanding opportunities for solitude.

Total Area: 1,232 acres
Elevation Range: ~6,700 to ~7,300 feet
BLM Field Office: Little Snake
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)

Location: The Chew Winter Camp WSA is located in Moffat County, approximately 50 miles west of Maybell; 80 miles west of Craig. The area is bordered on the south by Dinosaur National Monument. The Ant Hills, Cross Mountain, Peterson Draw, and Vale of Tears WSAs are also nearby.

Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of ponderosa pine, pinyon-juniper woodlands, sagebrush, and native grass communities. This WSA is in the central part of the Rocky Mountain Forest Province and follows that ecosystem. Fauna includes fox, coyote, black bear, mountain lion, mule deer, elk, raptors and various songbirds, gopher snakes, and western diamondbacks.

Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, 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.

Click here for additional information about the Chew Winter Camp WSA from the Little Snake Field Office.


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