The Platte River Contiguous WSA, though small, consists of beautiful land with excellent scenic and recreational opportunities. The area offers solitude, as it borders the Platte River Wilderness Area (USFS) and undeveloped lands. This WSA includes about 0.25 miles of the west side of the North Gate Canyon of the North Platte River. There are many rock outcrops and boulders strewn along the canyon rim, including a rock knob on the canyon rim that sits at 8,340 feet - the highest point of the WSA.
Total Area: 30 acres
Elevation Range: ~7,980 to ~8,340 feet
BLM Field Office: Kremmling
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)
Location: The Platte River Contiguous WSA is located in Jackson County, approximately 18 miles north of Walden.
Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of pinyon-juniper, sagebrush and grasses. There is also a small stand of fir on the southeast edge of the WSA. This WSA is in the Rocky Mountain Forest Province. Fauna includes raptors, deer, elk, various other big game, and sage-grouse.
Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping and photography. More recreation is available within the Platte River Wilderness Area, including whitewater rafting, fishing and climbing. 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 Platte River Contiguous WSA from the Kremmling Field Office.
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