The Upper Grape Creek WSA topography includes rocky, rolling hills in the western portion, with more rugged terrain near Grape Creek. The steep, red-brown slopes are spotted with gray-green vegetation, offering excellent scenic value to the area. Several peaks reside within the area, between East Mill Gulch and Granite Gulch. Grape Creek itself flows more openly through this WSA than its partner, the Lower Grape Creek WSA. Subtle remains of the Denver and Rio Grande railroad spur offer historical significance.
Total Area: 9,567 acres
Elevation Range: ~7,000 to ~8,100 feet
BLM Field Office: Royal Gorge
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)
Location: The Upper Grape Creek WSA is located in Fremont and Custer counties, approximately 10 miles southwest of Cañon City.
Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of pinyon and juniper, willows, cottonwoods, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, rabbitbrush, yucca, cholla, and prickly pear cactus. Fauna includes mule deer, mountain lion, bighorn sheep, black bear, various small mammals, wild turkey, various species of raptors, and numerous smaller birds. Grape Creek contains trout and non-game fish species, but fishing is often poor.
Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, and photography. For more information visit the Recreation page. Please note that though unconfined recreation is encouraged in wilderness study areas, specific types of recreation may be barred from a specific area to prevent degradation of natural conditions.
Click here for additional information about the Upper Grape Creek WSA from the Royal Gorge Field Office.
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