The Menefee Mountain WSA consists of scenic rugged terrain, including Menefee Mountain itself, steep-sided canyons, cliff-rimmed mesas, overhanging cliffs, and more. Atop Menefee Mountain, which rises to a height of 8,600 feet, are panoramic vistas that take in several surrounding mountain ranges and a series of plateaus. Steep canyons radiate out from the mountain's six-mile-long ridge. Exposed, layered rock of the Cretaceous Mancos Shale, Point Lookout, and Cliff House Sandstone form many overhangs and vertical cliffs in the canyons and on the slopes of the mountain.
In the eastern section of the WSA, Joe's Canyon and its associated drainages form finger-like projections that cut into the side of the mountain. Another major drainage in the southern part of the WSA nearly bisects the mountain and causes the spine-like ridge to branch and break up as it approaches the south.
The area also includes several archaeological sites related to the Anasazi culture- communities of prehistoric farmers who lived in earthen and stone structures approximately six to 20 centuries ago.
Total Area: 7,343 acres
Elevation Range: ~6,500 to ~8,600 feet
BLM Field Office: Tres Rios
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)
Location: The Menefee Mountain WSA is located in Montezuma County, approximately three miles south of Mancos; two miles east of Mesa Verde National Park. The Weber Mountain WSA is also nearby.
Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of pinyon-juniper, oakbrush, ponderosa pine, serviceberry, cottonwood, sagebrush, mountain mahogany, Douglas fir, spruce, Mesa Verde cactus, Knowlton miniature cactus, and Mancos milkvetch. Fauna includes deer, elk, black bear, bobcat, mountain lion, bald and golden eagles, and various other raptors.
Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, 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 Menefee Mountain WSA from the Tres Rios Field Office.
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