Dubois Badlands WSA Location: Fremont County
Nearest Town: Dubois (2 miles)
BLM Acreage: 4,520 acres
Recommended for Wilderness: 0 acres
Access Points & Directions:
The Copper Mountain WSA is accessed from the Dubois dump 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 Dubois Badlands WSA from the Dubois dump road.
Allowable Uses & Restrictions:
Dubois Badlands WSA has been closed to all motorized use. Please abide by all posted regulations.
Primitive & Unconfined Recreation:
Opportunities for primitive and unconfined recreation in the Dubois Badlands WSA are limited and lack outstanding characteristics. Day hiking would be possible, but the WSA’s size and lack of water limits its attraction for extended backpacking. While some primitive recreation activities are clearly possible in the WSA, the limited number and scope of such activities result in less than outstanding opportunities for primitive and unconfined recreation.
The Dubois Badlands WSA encompasses 4,520 acres of BLM-administered land with no split estate or private inholdings. The topography of the area is primarily badlands and flat topped benches, which are extensively eroded and separated by numerous and intricate drainage patterns. Bands of red and tan sedimentary rock and clays make interesting color patters through the area.
Elevation ranges from 6,720 feet to 8,179 feet. Depending on the light, the badlands present an array of colorful strata - red, lavender, pink, cream, orange and gray. Bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer and antelope use the area. Bald and golden eagles are also inhabitants. This WSA was not recommended for wilderness status in the 1992 report to Congress.
The Dubois Badlands WSA is essentially in a natural condition. The topography of the WSA consists of badlands that are extensively eroded and separated by intricate drainage patterns. Eroded pinnacles and spires rise as high as 400 feet above the Wind River.
Vegetation in the WSA varies with the elevation. The upper slopes have widely scattered limber pines, and the lower slopes contain sagebrush. The flat tops of most ridges have low-growing grass as the dominant plant life.
Intrusions include four fences, some very faint two-track ways and a reclaimed sand and gravel sale site. The WSA appears to be affected by the forces of nature with the imprint of man’s work substantially unnoticeable. However, because of the WSA’s narrow configuration and its locations adjacent to a sanitary landfill, the area’s perception of naturalness is considered less than outstanding.
The WSA has limited vegetative screening. Topographic screening would only be available in the eroded draws that dissect the WSA. While secluded spots could be found, opportunities for solitude in the WSA as a whole are not considered to be outstanding. Visitor overlap would occur if just a few people were in the unit at any one time.
The Dubois Badlands WSA contains several special features. The area’s relatively unique geology and its scenery are major attractions.