The Weminuche Contiguous WSA is incredibly scenic, with breathtaking high peaks - several over 13,000 feet - alpine and subalpine meadows and ridges, and alpine basins. The alpine tundra allows unconfined movement for cross-country travel. This, in combination with existing hiking trails and the high scenic quality of the area, provides wonderful opportunities for unconfined recreation. The topographic relief offers outstanding solitude. Within the area are numerous running streams with cascading waterfalls. These form drainage patterns that radiate from Whitehead Peak and Sugarloaf.
Total Area: 1,419 acres
Elevation Range: ~10,800 to ~13,434 feet
BLM Field Office: Tres Rios
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)
Location: The Weminuche Contiguous WSA is located in San Juan County, approximately five miles southeast of Silverton and four miles south of Howardsville. Click here for a map.
Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of spruce forest, alpine tundra grasses, Altain Starwort (proposed Endangered and Threatened Plant), and various wildflowers. Fauna includes lynx and bighorn sheep.
Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, 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.
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Tres Rio Field Office | (970) 882-7296 | 29211 Hwy 184, Dolores, CO 81323