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Little Book Cliffs

Little Book Cliffs WSAThe Little Book Cliffs Wilderness Study Area is characterized by gently-sloping plateaus, various small canyons, and four major canyon systems: Main Canyon, Coal Canyon, Cottonwood Canyon and Spring Canyon. These four larger systems are also accompanied by many smaller side canyons.

Part of the southern edge of this WSA is dominated by the 2,000-foot-high face of the Book Cliffs. A wild horse herd is also present in this area. Cultural values of the Fremont Culture are found here, as well as several natural bridges and hoodoos. The outstanding scenic beauty and topographic diversity offer excellent opportunities for solitude and unconfined recreation.


Total Area:
29,298 acres
Elevation Range: ~5,000 to ~6,600 feet
BLM Field Office: Grand Junction
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)

Location: The Little Book Cliffs WSA is located in Mesa County, approximately 10 miles northeast of Grand Junction. Note that the main access, Winter Flats Road, is a 4x4 road year-round and is typically impassable during rainy conditions or the winter months.

Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of sagebrush, rabbitbrush, fourwinged saltbrush, and pinyon-juniper. Fauna includes wild horses, mule deer, elk, mountain lion, black bear, wild turkey, gray fox, raccoon, ringtail, squirrel, coyote, great horned owl, golden eagles, various other raptors, rattlesnake, the collared lizard, and chukar.

Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, 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 Little Book Cliffs Wilderness Study Area from the Grand Junction Field Office.


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