Camel Back

 Camel Back

Camel Back WSA

The Camel Back WSA is characterized by a series of deep canyons and extensive mesas, sculptured by perennial and intermittent streams. These streams, which are oriented in a predominantly north-to-south direction, cut canyons with massive cliffs, amphitheaters, and talus slopes, and isolated numerous highlands as mesas and buttes.

The area's geologic structure is of mesozoic sandstones raised by the Uncompahgre Uplift, which created the Uncompahgre Plateau. Within these canyons, vegetative and topographic screening produce strong feelings of solitude.


Total Area:
10,735 acres
Elevation Range: ~5,200 to ~7,100 feet
BLM Field Office: Uncompahgre
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)

Location: The Camel Back WSA is located in Montrose County, approximately nine miles southwest of Delta; 20 miles northwest of Montrose.

Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of pinyon-juniper, saltbush/greasewood, spineless hedgehog cactus, Uinta Basin hookless cactus, cottonwood, and willows. This WSA is in a transition zone between two ecosystems and two associated vegetation types: the Colorado Plateau Province and the Rocky Mountain Forest Province. Fauna includes deer, elk, coyote, raccoon, mountain lion, rabbit, desert bighorn sheep, and various non-game birds.

Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, rock climbing, horseback riding, hunting, and photography. For more information, visit the Recreation page. Please note that though unconfined recreation is encouraged in WSAs, specific types of recreation may be barred from a specific area to prevent degradation of natural conditions.

Click here for additional information about the Camel Back WSA from the Uncompahgre Field Office.

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