The Diamond Breaks WSA consists of the broken, mountainous land mass known as the Diamond Mountains - a part of the eastern extension of the Uinta Ridge. A dominant feature of the area is a series of northeast-southwest trending mountain peaks with ridges, steep draws, and canyons draining north and south to southwest. This series of colorful, rugged, red sandstone ridges "break" toward the Green River to the north in Browns Park.
The Diamond Breaks WSA provides a dramatic, scenic, mountainous background as viewed from Browns Park and along the Green River. Significant cultural resources, such as rock art, granaries, rock shelters, and lithic scatter sites related to prehistoric and historic occupation can be found within the WSA, as well.
Total Area: 37,015 acres (33,115 Colorado; 3,900 Utah)
Elevation Range: ~5,400 to ~8,600 feet
BLM Field Office: Little Snake
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)
Location: The Diamond Breaks WSA is located in Moffat County, approximately 65 miles northwest of Maybell; 95 miles northwest of Craig. The WSA extends an additional 3,900 acres into Utah. The area is bounded on the north and east by the Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge and the Dinosaur National Monument, respectively. The West Cold Spring WSA is also nearby.
Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of sagebrush, pinyon-juniper, aspen, mountain brush, Douglas fir, limber pine, and ponderosa pine. 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, camping, horseback riding, 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 Diamond Breaks WSA from the Little Snake Field Office.
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