Special and Unique Places in the Kremmling Field Office

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Special Recreation Management Areas:

  • North Sand Hills

    Public lands at the North Sand Hills are valued for their naturally occuring sand dunes.  A significant portion of the dunes were identified as a research natural area and subsequently an Instant Study Area managed under Manual 6330, Management of BLM Wilderness Study Areas (BLM2012f). Recreators value is the opportunity for open-dune riding. The local community of Walden values the tourism economy associated with this area.

  • Upper Colorado River

    Public lands along the Colorado River corridor offer visitiors outstanding opportunities for float boating, trout fishing, and scenic driving. This corridor attracts visitors both within and beyond the region. Adjacent destination tourism markets in Grand, Summit, Eagle and Routt Counties currently market the recreational opportunities.

  • Proposed - Wolford

The Wolford SRMA offers close-to-town recreation opportunities in a natural setting.

  • Proposed - Strawberry

Public lands in the Strawberry SRMA are valued for their easy access and close proximity to the communities of Tabernash, Fraser and Granby. Residents of east Grand County enjoy a variety of close-to-home recreation opportunities in the area.

  • Proposed - Headwaters Extensive Recreation Management Area:

The Headwaters ERMA offers visitors the freedom to participate in a variety of non-motorized recreation activities. This beautiful and remote area is located between Granby and Hot Sulphur Springs, north of Highway 40 and can be accessed via the Jacques Road. 

Troublesome Wilderness Study Area:

Approximately 8,158 acres of public land are contained within the WSA.  A private inholding of 625 acres is located in the interior of the unit. The Troublesome WSA represents a rugged, mountainous terrain varying in elevation from 8,000 to 10,800 feet. Most of the WSA is forested with spruce, fir, aspen and dead and dying lodgpole pines with riparian habitat along many streams. The WSA provides outstanding opportunities for solitude due its size, topographic variation, and forest and riparian vegetation.  Also, the WSA provides outstanding opportunities for primitive and unconfined recreation are present due to its variety of game and nongame wildlife; the opportunities for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, cross-county skiing and snow shoeing; the availability of stream and riparian habitat for fishing and wildlife viewing; the variety of geologic features for viewing and non-technical climbing; and the opportunities for scenic veiwing from higher elevations.

Access into the Troublesome WSA from public land is by hiking or horseback only. Please contact the BLM Kremmling Field Office (970) 724-3000 for current maps.

Platte River Contiguous Wilderness Study Area:

Approximately 30 acres of public land are contained within the WSA. This includes portions of the rim and Northgate Canyon of the North Platte River, which is adjacent to the 23,000 acre Platte River Wilderness Area, managed by the US Forest Service. The Platte River Contiguous WSA represents a rugged, mountainous terrain varying in elevation from 7,760 to 8,340 feet. The WSA has rock outcroppings, boulders and crags on the rim; slide areas including north facing slopes with dense stands of Douglas-fir trees within the river canyon, sparse stands of Aspen and sagebrush on gentler slopes west of the canyon rim, and scattered Juniper and Limber Pine on the canyon rim. The WSA provides outstanding opportunities for solitude due to its topographic variation including the 400 to 600 feet deep river canyon, its location in a vast remote region of northwest Colorado with little development, and its adjacency to the 23,000 acre Platte River Wilderness Area.  Also, the WSA provides outstanding opportunities for primitive and unconfined recreation are present like whitewater floatboating in Class III-IV rapids, hiking, backpacking, fishing, hunting, observing wildlife and a variety of nonmotorized recreational activities. In addition, it is within a two-hour drive of Fort Collins, Rocky Mountain National Park and several major ski areas, as well as within three hours of the Denver metropolitan area.

Lands with Wilderness Characteristics:

544 acres within the Kremmling Field Office have been proposed to be managed for wilderness characteristics (naturalness, outstanding opportunities for solitude, and outstanding opportunities for primitive and unconfined recreation) outside of the existing WSAs. This area is adjacent to the northwest portion of the Troublesome Wilderness Study Area and can only be accessed via foot or horse.