The Windy Gulch WSA is characterized by a series of high ridges, deep gulches and side drainages cut by erosion. East Jordan Gulch, West Jordan Gulch, and Windy Gulch have cut throuh the Gray Hills, north to south, creating very steep, rugged topography. Steep, rocky cliffs and hillsides support stands of conifers. This WSA is also in the central part of the Rocky Mountain Forest Province.
Total Area: 12,740 acres
Elevation Range: ~6,400 to ~8,080 feet
BLM Field Office: White River
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)
Location: The Windy Gulch WSA is located in Rio Blanco County, approximately 10 miles northwest of Meeker.
Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, pinyon-juniper, tall sagebrush, native grasses and forbs, oakbrush, serviceberry, mountain mahogany, aspen, and other mountain brush species. Fauna includes mule deer, elk, black bear, mountain lion, golden eagles, various other raptors, and numerous other birds, mammals, and reptiles.
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.
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