Peterson Draw

The Peterson Draw WSA contains portions of several deep draws, including Peterson, Buck, and Five Springs, on the southern slopes of Douglas Mountain. These and other intermittent side draws trend southward into Dinosaur National Monument and ultimately, the Yampa River. The area is an extension of the landforms and upper end of drainages found in Dinosaur National Monument. Peterson Draw WSA also contains rocky ridges, peaks and gently rolling hills that all contribute to its wilderness values.

Total Area: 4,993 acres
Elevation Range: ~6,600 to ~8,000 feet
BLM Field Office: Little Snake
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)

Location: The Peterson Draw WSA is located in Moffat County, approximately 45 miles west of Maybell; 75 miles west of Craig. The area is bordered on the south by Dinosaur National Monument. The Ant Hills, Chew Winter Camp, Cross Mountain, and Vale of Tears WSAs are also nearby.

Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of ponderosa pine, pinyon-juniper woodlands, sagebrush, and native grass communities. There are also scattered mountain brush species and aspen trees. Fauna includes fox, coyote, black bear, mountain lion, mule deer, elk, raptors and various songbirds, gopher snakes, and western diamondbacks.

Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, horseback riding, hunting, 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 Peterson Draw WSA from the Little Snake Field Office.


< Back to main Wilderness Study Areas page


Little Snake Field Office  |  (970) 826-5000  |  455 Emerson St., Craig, CO 81625