Special Recreation Management Areas
Wilderness Study Areas
Ant Hills, Chew Winter Camp, Peterson Draw & Vale of Tears WSA's
Douglas Mountain lies north of the Yampa River and east of the Green River. There are four BLM wilderness study areas directly adjacent to the northern boundary of Dinosaur National Monument on Douglas Mountain. They are the Ant Hills (4,354 acres), Chew Winter Camp (1,320 acres), Peterson Draw (5,160 acres), and Vale of Tears (7,420 acres). These remote WSAs consist of rugged hills and valleys on the flank of Douglas Mountain and are extensions of the landforms of Dinosaur National Monument to the south. This area provides interesting scenery with its ponderosa pine forest contrasting with red sandstone outcrops.
There are no developed recreation sites in the Douglas Mountain area, but the area offers opportunities for visitors to enjoy deer and elk hunting, camping, sightseeing, hiking, backpacking and horseback riding. Motorized and mechanized vehicle travel is limited to existing roads and trails within these WSAs.
Cross Mountain WSA
This WSA offers spectacular views into Cross Mountain Canyon where the Yampa River rages 1000 feet below the Canyon rim. The Yampa River in the Canyon provides the expert kayaker with high risk and challenging whitewater not found elsewhere in the region. The south end of the mountain is excellent for day hikes while the north end of the mountain provides a large area for backpacking and backcountry camping. Numerous side canyons allow for exploration and boulder scrambling, This area is easily accessible from county roads and the National Park Service parking area along the Deer Lodge road at the west end of Cross Mountain Canyon.
Activities enjoyed in the area include: Hiking, backpacking, photography, hunting, fishing, scenic viewing, wildlife viewing, and enjoying our cultural heritage.
Diamond Breaks WSA
This 36,000 acre WSA is located west of Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge and provides a scenic mountainous backdrop to the Browns Park area. The area offers opportunities for day hikes or backpacking where you can experience solitude. The WSA is adjacent to the north end of Dinosaur National Monument and provides views into the Canyon of Lodore which are spectacular.
Activities that can be enjoyed in the area: photography, nature study, viewing wildlife, hiking, backpacking and enjoying our cultural heritage.
Emerald Mountain SRMA
The public gained access to the 4,139 acre Emerald Mountain parcel west of Steamboat Springs in February, 2007 after the BLM formally closed on a land exchange that brings the parcel under its management.
For now, public access on Emerald Mountain will be limited to day-use, foot travel only, and all dogs must be leashed. These provisions will remain in place to protect the area's resource values in the interim until a detailed recreation plan for the area is completed.
Little Yampa Canyon SRMA
This SRMA includes public lands on Duffy Mountain, Iles Mountain, and Juniper Mountain. Portions of the Yampa River and Yampa Valley Trail are included in the SRMA. The Yampa River is a popular flatwater floatboating area for the young and old alike. The Yampa Valley Trail actually extends from Steamboat Springs, CO to Dinosaur, CO and connects with other regional trails on either end. The Duffy Mountain area is also a popular area for hunting, fishing and off-highway vehicle (OHV) activities. Motorized and mechanized vehicles are allowed on designated routes only.
Additional Information on floating the Yampa River
West Cold Spring WSA
This 17,000 acre area on the north side of Browns Park includes Beaver Creek Canyon which offers trail hiking, fishing, camping, and wildlife viewing such as bighorn sheep. Other activities that are enjoyed in the area include: hunting, back packing, and scenic viewing.