Cedar Mountain WSA Location: Washakie County
Nearest Towns: Kirby (2 miles) & Worland (8 miles)
BLM Acreage: 21,560 acres
Recommended for Wilderness: 10,223 acres
Access Points & Directions:
Cedar Mountain WSA boundaries follow private lands and the Bighorn River to the west, primitive routes and state lands property to the east and south.
To access to Cedar Mountain WSA from the north, from Worland travel on State Highway 432 for 7.7 miles. Turn south (left) onto Nieber Road (BLM Road 1405) and follow for 1.5 miles. At this point, Cedar Mountain Road (a primitive two-track route) branches off to the southwest. In 2.5 miles Cedar Mountain Road will reach the WSA and continues to follow the eastern boundary for approximately 4.5 miles.
To reach Cedar Mountain WSA from the south, take US Highway 20/State Highway 789 from either Thermopolis or Worland. Turn east on Black Mountain Road (Co Rd 172) and travel approximately 1.6 miles. Turn north (left) on Cowboy Springs Road (Co Rd 23)and follow for 4.5 miles, at which point you will be able to access the WSA.
Allowable Uses & Restrictions: Motorized use is limited to existing routes. Motorized use off of routes is strictly prohibited. Some routes leading into the WSA have been closed, please abide by all posted regulations.
Primitive & Unconfined Recreation:
The size of the WSA and the overall lack of human-made constraints are conducive to unconfined recreation activities. Naturally occurring physical confinements such as the bluffs above Bighorn River, the Cedar Mountain escarpment and the generally rugged terrain do exist, but they enhance the recreation experience by providing challenge and diversity. The area provides opportunities for backpacking, primitive camping, hiking, horseback riding, and trapping and hunting for deer, upland birds, small game and predators. Opportunities for nontechnical rock climbing and repelling are limited mainly to the Cedar Mountain escarpment. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing has occurred in the winter when there is adequate snowfall.
The Cedar Mountain WSA encompasses 21,560 acres of BLM-administered land with no private or state inholdings. The WSA is an area of rugged topography characterized by deep, steep-sided drainages flowing toward the Bighorn River. Cedar Mountain is the dominant feature of the unit.
The Cedar Mountain WSA is an area of rugged topography characterized by deep, steep-sided drainages flowing north or west toward the Bighorn River. Cedar Mountain is the dominant visual feature of the WSA. It is unusual in the vicinity because of its elevation, the vegetation growing on it and the imposing rock escarpment which forms its southern side. The landscape rises fairly uniformly in a south-southeasterly direction from the Bighorn River to Cedar Mountain, where it drops abruptly near the south boundary of the WSA. An exception of the gradual rise from north to south occurs in the extreme western portion of the WSA where bluffs tower above the Bighorn River and deep drainages fall steeply to the river.
Although bladed trails influence the area’s naturalness, their presence is mitigated to an extent by topographic screening, the unusable condition of about half the trails in the segment, and the natural rehabilitation that has occurred. The WSA’s western half has apparent marginal naturalness with good potential for a return to a higher degree of naturalness. The apparent naturalness of the eastern half of the WSA is moderate.
The unit’s size and topography provide an outstanding opportunity for solitude. It is conducive to seclusion because it is essentially badlands. The steep-sided drainages limit one’s awareness to a small, immediate area. The topography and vegetation act as a screen to reduce the possibility of seeing into more than the adjacent drainages and help maintain the feeling of seclusion. The best opportunities for solitude can be found in the southern half of the WSA where the topographic relief is the greatest.
Petrified wood and reptilian fossils are found in the Lance and Meeteetse formations in the southern end of the WSA. Mammalian fossils are found in the Fort Union Formation north of Cedar Mountain.