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Blackridge Wilderness

The Blackridge Wilderness is comprised of approximately 13,000 acres of public land, located atop the steep escarpment of the Hurricane Fault. Interstate I-15 is a prominent man-made feature below the western boundary of this wilderness. Approximately 7.6 miles of LaVerkin Creek and 1.3 miles of Smith Creek, both newly-designated “wild” rivers in the National Wild and Scenic River System, flow through the wilderness. These streams are bounded by lush riparian zones of willows and Fremont cottonwood trees. The slopes above the stream channels are heavily-wooded with pinyon pine, Utah juniper, and some ponderosa pine, at higher elevations.

Mule deer, elk, mountain lion, and black bear are among the large mammals that find habitat here. The area also provides suitable habitat for the bald eagle, many species of raptors, and the Mexican spotted owl, a federally-listed threatened species that prefers steep canyons and cliffs for hunting and nesting. Primitive recreation opportunities abound in this wilderness unit, including backpacking, hiking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, hunting and fishing.

Interior of Blackridge Wilderness. Photo by Ray Bloxham.


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Mule Deer in winter. Photo by Utah Division of Wildlife Services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This young Great Horned Owl finds habitat in the Blackridge Wilderness.