U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Rock Springs Field Office|
Buffalo Hump WSA
Nearest Town: Rock Springs (30 miles)
BLM Acreage: 10,300 acres
Recommended for Wilderness: 6,080 acres
Primitive & Unconfined Recreation:
The outstanding scenic quality of this WSA enhances the recreational values. The moving sand dunes provide for a dynamic rather than static viewshed.
The eastern portion of the WSA consists primarily of moving and stabilized sand dunes that match the dunes in the Sand Dunes WSA. The two WSAs are only separated by an abandoned railroad bed. The western side of the WSA consists of rolling stabilized sand dunes covered with sagebrush and grasses.
Few roads exist outside the WSA; therefore, outside sights and sounds are practically non-existent. The numerous sand hills and overhangs accompanied by fresh water ponds provide scores of opportunities for solitude.
The area attracts wild horses, mule deer, the unique herd of desert elk and large numbers of pronghorn antelope. Raptors and coyotes are frequent visitors to the area, plus reports of cougar use have been received in the recent past.
Part of the Buffalo Hump WSA lies within the Greater Sand Dunes Recreation Area of Critical Environmental Concern. The ACEC management plan provides wildlife and cultural resource protection and promotes appropriate recreation use.
The greatest special feature of the WSA is the dunes themselves. Pure white sand changes the landscape with every wind storm, building 100-foot drifts and hiding all imprints of man’s visits.