The WSA provides opportunities for experiencing naturalness, solitude, and wilderness. The WSA was originally established and managed as a primitive area in 1975. In April 1985, the Scab Creek Instant Study Area was proposed by former president Ronald Reagan for addition to the National Wilderness Preservation System. The WSA adjoins the Bridger Wilderness in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, which lies to the east.

Visitation Information

Take WY 353 East out of Boulder, WY for 6.5 miles. Turn left on County 23-122, travel 1.5 miles and keep left at the fork. Stay on the road for 6.5 miles to the large vehicle campground. Motorized travel is expressly prohibited. Additionally, the WSA is closed to mineral entry, including gold panning.

Visitor Advisory

Access to wild lands inherently requires good navigational skills and four-wheel drive or high-clearance vehicles. Visitors should be prepared for adverse weather and road conditions. The WSAs in the BLM Field Office are primarily accessed by unnamed or unsigned two-track roads that in many cases may be difficult to find without sufficient navigational skills and equipment.

Wilderness Study Areas

WSAs are undeveloped federal lands that retain their primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation, and are managed so as not to impair their suitability for preservation as wilderness. Backcountry recreation is a common use along with Leave no Trace Outdoor ethics. Please be advised these areas are restricted and do not allow for the use of motorized and mechanized equipment.



Sublette County

BLM Acreage 

7,636 acres