U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Worland Field Office|
Bobcat Draw Badlands WSA
Nearest Town: Worland (25 miles)
BLM Acreage: 17,150 acres
Recommended for Wilderness: 18,540 acres (includes 1,390 acres state land)
Access Points & Directions:
To reach Bobcat Draw Badlands WSA from the south, take State Hwy 431 out of Worland for about 25 miles. Turn north (right) onto the Murphy Draw Road (BLM Road 1302) and continue for about 7.7 miles. Turn east (right) onto Squaw Teats Road (BLM Road 1301) and go 2.6 miles. Look for a primitive route to the north which you can use to reach Bobcat Draw Badlands WSA in 1.25 miles.
Or, if travelling from Meeteetse, take State Highway 120 south for 9.1 miles. Turn east (left) onto Squaw Teats Road (BLM Road 1301) for 14.25 miles. Look for a primitive route to the north which you can use to reach Bobcat Draw Badlands WSA in 1.25 miles.
To access Bobcat Draw Badlands from the north, from Worland take Fifteen Mile Road (BLM Road 1429). After travelling for approximately 33 miles you will reach the northern border of Bobcat Draw Badlands WSA.
Allowable Uses & Restrictions:
Primitive & Unconfined Recreation:
The badland setting provides outstanding hiking, exploring and “freedom of movement” opportunities. Rock collecting, wildlife viewing, hiking, hunting, horseback riding, non-consumptive wildlife use, photography and geological sightseeing are activities which occur in this WSA. Visitor use is low (about 240 visitor use days per year).
The Bobcat Draw Badlands WSA basically appears natural with negligible overall influence of human imprints. The colorful badlands provide a natural setting that entices people to view and explore the many varied shapes carved out of the landscape. Many of the faint evidences of man, such as vehicle trails, fences, livestock reservoirs and cherry-stem roads, are becoming less and less distinct as time and natural processes obliterate them. They do not substantially detract from natural character because of their wide dispersion over the 18,540 acres, the topographic screening and the low impact of the intrusions individually. The presence of numerous wildlife species enhances the area’s naturalness and visitors may encounter antelope, deer, raptors, game birds and small animals.
The WSA is within the Fifteenmile Wild Horse Herd Management Area. This herd is managed with an average annual objective of 100 adult horses over a five-year period. It is expected that an average of approximately 25 to 30 horses would use the study area on a year-round basis. In addition, the National Park Service has identified the Gooseberry Badlands and the east ridge of Fifteenmile Creek (both located within or near the WSA) as potential National Natural Landmarks. The WSA contains paleontological resources that are of national significance and include fossil of vertebrates (fish, crocodiles and turtles), invertebrates (gastropods, pelecypods and ostracodes), and plant fossils. There are two culturally significant sites, which are believed to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. These sites are important because of their occurrence in a badland-type setting.