The Eagle Mountain WSA is a small, yet steep and rugged area that abuts the eastern edge of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness (USFS) and offers fantastic high-elevation views of the surrounding Elk Range of the Rocky Mountains. Eagle Mountain itself (9,937 feet) is at the eastern terminus of the mountainous ridge that connects Haystack Mountain, Mt. Daly, and Capitol Peak in the core of the existing Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.
This WSA is a natural extension of landforms in the existing wilderness. It includes the Mancos Shale formation, as well as several outcrop sandstone formations, such as the Maroon, State Bridge, Chinle, Entrada, Morrison, Dakota, and Burro Canyon. Several springs and wetlands are also found within this WSA.
Total Area: 318 acres
Elevation Range: ~8,280 to ~9,937 feet
BLM Field Office: Colorado River Valley
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)
Location: The Eagle Mountain WSA is located in Pitkin County, approximately eight miles west of Aspen.
Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of spruce, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, aspen, oakbrush, sagebrush, and narrow strips of riparian vegetation along the perennial gulches. Fauna includes Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, black bears, mountain lions, bobcat, sage-grouse, and various other small mammals, birds, and reptiles.
Recreation: Activities include hiking, sightseeing 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 more information about the Eagle Mountain WSA from the Colorado River Valley Field Office.
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