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Desolation Canyon Wilderness Study Area

Desolation Canyon WSA (290,845 acres, of which 81,603 acres are in the Moab Field Office)

Desolation Canyon WSAThe area within the Moab Field Office includes lands along the Desolation and Gray Canyon portions of the Green River and tributary drainages from the Tavaputs Plateau to the river.  The 84 mile segment of the Green River through Desolation and Gray canyons is the WSA’s major feature.  Commercial outfitters offer river trips from spring through fall.  Reservations for noncommercial private river trips may be obtained through an advance lottery-type permit system (Contact BLM at the Price Field Office – 435-636-3600—for further information).  Elevations within the WSA vary by 5,600 feet.  Vegetation types include pinyon-juniper woodland, Douglas fir, riparian, saltbrush, grassland, mountain mahogany, sagebrush, and blackbrush.  Elk were transplanted into the area in 1988; Rocky mountain bighorn sheep also frequent the WSA.  In addition to outstanding whitewater river recreation, the WSA has exceptional opportunities for hunting, geological study, backpacking and the study of prehistoric cultures. 

Location: East-central Utah, east of U.S. Highway 6 and North of Interstate 70.