The Skull Creek WSA lies in the center of Skull Creek Basin and is bordered by the Skull Creek Rim, (outside of the WSA), which is made up of 200 to 500-foot-high hogback ridges. The area contains scenic, colorful ridges, deep gullies, rock outcrops, and canyons of sandstone eroded by rain and snowmelt water with slickrock formations scattered throughout. Rugged Box Canyon runs through the entire western portion of the WSA and is especially scenic with an intermittent creek.
There are numerous archaeological sites dating back some 10,000 years within the area. The WSA is also home to some of the oldest known pinyon pine trees.
Total Area: 13,977 acres
Elevation Range: ~5,800 to ~7,200 feet
BLM Field Office: White River
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)
Location: The Skull Creek WSA is located in Moffat County, approximately 10 miles east of Dinosaur, CO and nine miles south of Dinosaur National Monument. The western boundary is shared with the Willow Creek WSA.
Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of pinyon-juniper, sagebrush, native grasses, and saltbush/greasewood. Fauna includes deer, elk, golden eagles and numerous other birds, mammals, and reptiles.
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 in a specific area to prevent degradation of natural conditions.
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