U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
The exposed stratigraphy of the Dakota Sandstone and Morrison Formation reveal the historic-geologic processes of portions of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods; the Morrison Formation is rich in fossilized plants and vertebrates.
There are also various remnants of the Ancestral Puebloan culture in the area, such as lithic sites, masonry dwellings, and food storage structures dating from approximately six to 20 centuries ago.
Location: The Squaw/Papoose Canyon WSA is located in Dolores County, approximately 12 miles southwest of Dove Creek. The WSA extends an additional 6,676 acres into Utah.
Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of pinyon-juniper, sagebrush, mormon tea, mountain mahogany, rabbitbrush, cliffrose, antelope bitterbrush, Naturita milkvetch, cottonwood, tamarisk, saltbrush, sedges, rushes, and cattails. Fauna includes black bear, mountain lion, coyote, gray fox, bobcat, beaver, badger, long-tailed weasel, various owls, golden eagles, and various other raptors.
Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, hunting, rock climbing, 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 Squaw/Papoose Canyon WSA from the Tres Rios Field Office.
Tres Rios Field Office | (970) 882-7296 | 29211 Hwy 184, Dolores, CO 81323