The Lower Grape Creek WSA topography varies from rocky, rolling hills to steep, rugged canyons and mountains. The predominant feature is Horseshoe Mountain, in the northeastern portion of the WSA. Subtle remains of the Denver and Rio Grande railroad spur offer historical significance.
Total Area: 14,258 acres
Elevation Range: ~6,100 to ~8,300 feet
BLM Field Office: Royal Gorge
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)
Location: The Lower Grape Creek WSA is located in Fremont County, approximately six miles southwest of Cañon City.
Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of pinyon and juniper, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and riparian species along Grape Creek. Fauna includes mule deer, mountain lion, black bear, various small mammals, wild turkey, various species of raptors, and numerous smaller birds. Grape Creek contains trout and non-game fish species, but fishing is often poor.
Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, and photography. For more information, visit the Recreation page. Please note that though unconfined recreation is encouraged in wilderness study areas, specific types of recreation may be barred from a specific area to prevent degradation of natural conditions.
Click here for additional information about the Lower Grape Creek WSA from the Royal Gorge Field Office.
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