The main feature of the Weber Mountain WSA is the linear-shaped Weber Mountain itself, with short, steep canyons radiating out from the five-mile-long ridge of the mountain. Weber Mountain, like its eastern neighbor Menefee Mountain, is part of the same geologic landform upon which Mesa Verde National Park sits-a large, uplifted mesa formation, sloping gently to the south. Weber Mountain was isolated from Mesa Verde by the cutting action of the Mancos River.
This WSA contains archaeological sites related to the Anasazi culture, which were communities of prehistoric farmers who lived in earthen and stone structures approximately six to 20 centuries ago. Exposed sandstone of the Cretaceous Mancos shale and sandstone series forms many overhangs and vertical cliffs in the canyons and on the slopes of the mountain. There is also a 600-foot, spire-shaped volcanic neck or plug, midslope on the west side of the mountain.
Total Area: 6,300 acres
Elevation Range: ~6,600 to ~8,200 feet
BLM Field Office: Tres Rios
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)
Location: The Weber Mountain WSA is located in Montezuma County, approximately three miles south of Mancos; just east of Mesa Verde National Park.
Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of oakbrush, pinyon-juniper, ponderosa pine, spruce/fir, sagebrush, perennial shrubs, Mesa Verde cactus, Knowlton miniature cactus, and Mancos milkvetch. Fauna includes deer, elk, bighorn sheep, black bear, bobcat, mountain lion, spotted owl, peregrine falcon, and bald eagles.
Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, rock climbing, 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 the degradation of natural conditions.
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