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McIntyre Hills

McIntyre Hills

McIntyre Hills WSA (Photo by John Fielder)The McIntyre Hills WSA offers numerous opportunities for solitude and primitive/unconfined recreation, as it is filled with rugged canyon slopes, numerous rock outcrops, and rolling, forested, interconnected hills. Numerous drainages, including Thomas Gulch, Five Point Gulch, and Washtub Gulch, twist and turn to created many secluded areas.



Total Area:
16,789 acres
Elevation Range: ~5,900 to ~8,100 feet
BLM Field Office: Royal Gorge
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)

Location: The McIntyre Hills WSA is located in Fremont County, approximately 20 miles west of Cañon City.

Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of pinyon pine, juniper, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and riparian areas along drainages. Fauna includes bald eagles, mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep, black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, and wild turkey.

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

Click here for additional information about the McIntyre Hills WSA from the Royal Gorge Field Office.

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