Copper Mountain WSA
Location: Washakie County
Nearest Towns: Thermopolis (20 miles) & Shoshoni (10 miles)
BLM Acreage: 6,858 acres
Recommended for Wilderness: 0 acres
Access Points & Directions:
The Copper Mountain WSA is accessed from the Birdseye Pass Road.
Access to wild lands inherently requires navigational skills and in many cases, four wheel-drive/high clearance vehicles. Visitors should be prepared for adverse weather and road conditions. The WSAs in the Lander Field Office are primarily accessed by unnamed/unsigned two track roads; in many cases, these roads are impossible to find without good navigational skills and equipment. You will need to use your navigational skills to access the Copper Mountain WSA from the Birdseye Pass Road.
Allowable Uses & Restrictions:
Copper Mountain WSA has been closed to all motorized use. Please abide by all posted regulations.
Primitive & Unconfined Recreation:
The potential for primitive and unconfined recreation is somewhat outstanding based on diversity of activities; it includes hiking, hunting and sightseeing for geological features. No one activity is truly outstanding. The topography offers a challenge and a strenuous walk for day hikers or backpackers as well as for nontechnical rock climbers. Both large and small game species inhabit the area.
The Copper Mountain WSA encompasses 6,858 acres of BLM-administered land without any inholdings or split estate. It is part of the Copper Mountain Range also known as the Bridger Mountains. It is dry and mountainous with scattered limber pine and juniper on rocky slopes. The stark ridges and draws of the study area stand in sharp contrast to the waters of nearby Boysen Reservoir.
Outstanding opportunities for solitude and great scenery exist in the Copper Mountain WSA located 10 miles north of Shoshoni, Wyo.. The elevation ranges from 5,000 to 6,400 feet and the topography consists of mountainous, rocky slopes. The WSA includes sagebrush/grass, juniper and limber pine. Mule deer and antelope inhabit the 6,858-acre WSA. This WSA was not recommended for wilderness designation.
For all practical purposes, the Copper Mountain WSA is natural. The WSA is mountainous, with numerous rock outcrops and canyons and juniper-covered slopes located throughout the area. Few man-made features exist in the WSA. A small fenceline and some rundown drift fences are located in two mountain passes, but they are not readily noticeable and do not detract from the area’s naturalness. There are no roads in the WSA.
The Copper Mountain WSA offers outstanding opportunities for solitude. The rough topography, steep drainages, rocky outcrops and tree cover in some areas screen visitors from one another, making it easy to find seclusion. From the tops of the mountain and ridges, Boysen Reservoir is visible.
The Wind River Basin and Boysen Reservoir, which are south and west of the WSA, offer spectacular views. From the ridge tops, one can see a distance of 10 to 50 miles. The view includes the Wind River Mountains and Beaver Rim.
Good opportunities exist for the educational and scientific study of the ecological communities within the area. A variety of geological features can be studied in the WSA.