The McKenna Peak WSA contains a number of intriguing features, including Mesa Verde sandstone cliffs, McKenna Peak itself, Spring Creek Basin, deep canyons, gently rolling mesas, and Mancos shale badlands near McKenna Peak and Brumley Point, which contain deep, narrow, twisting arroyos. McKenna Peak rises 1,000 vertical feet from Disappointment Valley.
From high points within this area, there are expansive vistas that give a feeling of vastness to the area. Much of the area consists of highly eroded, exposed sedimentary strata that illustrates the geologic processes and history of the area; numerous fossil marine invertebrates can be found in portions of the area. This WSA also provides a portion of the habitat for a wild horse herd.
Total Area: 20,902 acres
Elevation Range: ~6,300 to ~8,600 feet
BLM Field Office: Tres Rios
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)
Location: The McKenna Peak WSA is located in San Miguel and Dolores counties, approximately 45 miles northeast of Dove Creek. The western third of this WSA is located within the Spring Creek Wild Horse Herd Management Area.
Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of salt desert shrubs, forbs, grasses, pinyon-juniper, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, oakbrush, mountain mahogany, Uinta Basin hookless cactus, Naturita milkvetch, and spineless hedgehog cactus. Fauna includes wild horses, mule deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, mountain lion, black bear, bobcat, coyote, long-tailed weasel, bald and golden eagles, and various other raptors.
Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, rock climbing, hunting, and photography. For more information, visit the Recreation page. Please note that though unconfined recreation is encouraged in WSA, specific types of recreation may be barred from a specific area to prevent degradation of natural conditions.
Click here for additional information about the McKenna Peak WSA from the Tres Rios Field Office.
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