Shale Butte Wilderness Study Area


The Shale Butte WSA is an older lava flow which rises 100 to 300 feet above the surrounding plain. The lava flow has been largely covered by wind-deposited soil but exposed lava formations are common. The perimeter of the lava flow is rugged with sloping basalt faces up to 50 feet high.

Visitation Information

In Idaho, BLM manages nearly 16,000 acres of public lands in the Shale Butte Wilderness Study Area. The rugged volcanic features and desert environment provide opportunities for camping hiking and hunting.

Visitor Advisory

Shale Butte WSA is remotely located and can be accessed via unmaintained two-track roads. Visitors should be prepared for rugged backcountry driving and hiking.