ALKALI CREEK WILDERNESS STUDY AREA
The Alkali Creek WSA encompasses 10,100 acres of BLM-administered land surrounding an island of private lands totaling 680 acres. There are no private lands in the WSA and access to the private section is provided for through a cherry-stem road. Elevations range from about 4,850 to 7,000 feet. The WSA falls within an elk wintering area, is critical winter range for mule deer, and encompasses at least two sage-grouse strutting grounds.
The WSA boundaries follow the Alkali Road/ Red Gulch Back Country Byway on the east and north, and a two-track trail along the western boundary. The southern boundary follows state and private property lines and Alkali Road. Motorized travel is expressly prohibited. Additionally, the WSA is closed to mineral entry, including gold panning.
Access to wild lands inherently requires good navigational skills and four-wheel drive or high-clearance vehicles. Visitors should be prepared for adverse weather and road conditions. The WSAs in the BLM Field Office are primarily accessed by unnamed or unsigned two-track roads that in many cases may be difficult to find without sufficient navigational skills and equipment.
Wilderness Study Areas
WSAs are undeveloped federal lands that retain their primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation, and are managed so as not to impair their suitability for preservation as wilderness. Backcountry recreation is a common use along with Leave no Trace Outdoor ethics. Please be advised these areas are restricted and do not allow for the use of motorized and mechanized equipment.