Savage Peak WSA Location: Natrona County
Nearest Town: Jeffrey City (31 miles)
BLM Acreage: 7,041 acres
Recommended for Wilderness: 0 acres
Access Points & Directions:
Access to the Savage Peak WSA requires landowner permission.
Allowable Uses & Restrictions:
Motorized travel in the Savage Peak WSA is allowed on roads and trails that existed during the inventory phase of the area. Specific route maps are available at the Lander Field Office.
Primitive & Unconfined Recreation:
The Savage Peak WSA affords a variety of opportunities for primitive and unconfined recreation including hiking, camping, backpacking, hunting, rock climbing, nature study and photography. The Savage Peak WSA contains great vertical relief. Large pockets of open grass and sagebrush on the west are surrounded by steeply rising slopes. The size of the area and its diverse topography combine to provide some high quality opportunities for primitive recreation.
The Savage Peak WSA encompasses 7,041 acres of BLM-administered land with no split-estate or private inholdings. Located in Natrona County about 31 miles east of Jeffrey City, this WSA is rugged and mountainous with dense strands of fir, pine, aspen and cottonwood in the drainages.
The topography of this WSA consists of uplifted mountains of reddish granite rocks, slabs, exfoliating domes and sagebrush flats. Pockets of limber pine, aspen and juniper dot the rocky landscape. Bighorn sheep historically inhabited this area, but the only big game species currently in residence are elk, antelope and mule deer. Golden eagles, prairie falcons and red-tailed hawks soar overhead. This WSA was not recommended suitable for wilderness status in the 1992 report to Congress.
The Savage Peak WSA has a number of intrusions, primary fences and vehicle ways. Several two-tracked ways penetrate the “pockets” that surround the granite rocks. The central or core area is penetrated by three two-track trails, all faint and generally overgrown with grasses. None detract significantly from the apparent naturalness of the area.
The Savage Peak WSA offers opportunities for solitude through its rough, broken topography and the numerous draws and small canyons. A large pocket on the west provides excellent opportunities for camping below Savage Peak. The pocket is well-secluded from the surroundings and contains excellent scenery, which enhances the feeling of solitude. Vegetation is dense in places, providing seclusion or screening for visitors.
The Savage Peak WSA offers large expanses of bare granite, which cannot be found anywhere else in central Wyoming. The WSA create a natural and highly scenic backdrop for the Sweetwater River valley, which has a long history related to the exploration and early settlement of the west.