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Little Bookcliffs WSA
Season Dates: March - November        

Fees: None

Site Overview: The Little Book Cliffs Wilderness Study Area (WSA) consists of 26,525 acres of public lands characterized by gently sloping plateaus, dissected by four major canyon systems (Main, Coal, Cottonwood and Spring) with many side canyons. Excellent opportunities exist for solitude and unconfined recreation. The outstanding scenic beauty, topographic diversity and the presence of the wild horse herd offers photography opportunities as well.  The ruggedness and abrupt slopes leading to the valley floor give it distinct character. 

Brochures: Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range

Directions : There are two routes to access the Little Book Cliffs Wilderness Study Area. COAL CANYON ENTRANCE:   From Grand Junction take I-70 east to the Cameo exit, cross the Colorado River and drive past the Public Service power plant. Stay on the main road.  The road will veer westward for approximately 1.5 miles where you will come to a very obvious parking area.  NOTE:   The Coal Canyon Trail is closed to motorized traffic from December 1 - May 30, hiking and horseback riding are permitted year round.  DEBEQUE/WINTER FLATS ROAD ENTRANCE:  From Grand Junction take I-70 east to the DeBeque exit (Exit 62.)  Cross over the Colorado River and stay on main road, take a left into the town of DeBeque (4th Street) stay on this road until you come to the gas station, take a left and follow the road all the way to the end.  Turn right on to Winter Flats Rd. Travel approximately 20 miles, this will take you to a fork in the road, the right branch will take you to the North Soda area (the northern most point of the Wild Horse Area) and the left branch will take you into the Indian Park area. CAUTION:   Winter Flats Road is a 4X4 road year round and usually impassable during winter months and in rainy conditions.

Contact Information: Grand Junction Field Office, 970-244-3000


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