The West Cold Spring WSA consists primarily of the western portion of the rugged, south-facing slopes of Cold Spring Mountain. This area is characterized by deep draws and canyons that have been cut through the O-Wi-Yu-Kuts Plateau, forming a series of plateaus and ridges along the northern margins of the Green River Valley.
The area is known to possess historic and prehistoric cultural sites varying from Paleo-Indian to more modern Ute and Shoshone tribes. The Beaver Creek Canyon, within this WSA, hosts diverse opportunities for recreation and wildlife viewing.
Total Area: 18,036 acres (14,836 Colorado; 3,200 Utah)
Elevation Range: ~5,749 to ~8,212 feet
BLM Field Office: Little Snake
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)
Location: The West Cold Spring WSA is located in Moffat County, approximately 65 miles northwest of Maybell; 95 miles northwest of Craig. The WSA extends an additional 3,200 acres into Utah. The area is bounded on the south by Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge. The Diamond Breaks WSA is also nearby.
Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of sagebrush steppe and saltbush/greasewood, pinyon juniper woodlands, large old-growth mountain mahogany, oak scrub, limber pine, lodgepole pine, Douglas fir, aspen, and riparian vegetation along Beaver Creek Canyon and Spitzie Draw. This WSA appears to be in a transition zone between the Wyoming Basin Province eco-region to the north and the Rocky Mountain Forest Province eco-region to the south. Fauna includes fox, coyote, black bear, mountain lion, mule deer, elk, beaver, antelope, bighorn sheep, raptors and various songbirds, gopher snakes, and western diamondbacks. Beaver Creek is inhabited by Yellowstone cutthroat trout, brook trout, and brown trout.
Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, 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 West Cold Spring WSA from the Little Snake Field Office.
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