VARIATION OF SHRUBS and firs with loose rock in foreground. Mountain in distance

MOUNT PINNELL WILDERNESS STUDY AREA

 

Values

Mt. Pennell is the second highest peak in the Henry Mountains. Several deep canyons cut the sides of the mountain, which on the higher slopes supports oak, Ponderosa pine, subalpine fir, spruce, Douglas fir, and aspen. Four distinct biological life zones are within the WSA due to nearly 5,000 feet of change in elevation. Portions of the WSA are summer range for the Henry Mountain bison herd, and bison are frequently seen in the vicinity of The Horn. Cougar, a wildlife species associated with wilderness, inhabit the WSA. Peregrine falcons and bald eagles, and five animal species that are considered sensitive may inhabit the WSA. One plant species that is listed as endangered or threatened, Sclerocactus wrightii, may be in the WSA.

Visitation Information

Located in eastern Garfield County, just east of Capitol Reef National Park and about 45 miles south-southwest of Hanksville, UT on the Henry Mountains.

Visitor Advisory

Mount Pennell WSA is on the Henry Mountains. Access to the Henry Mountains, including this WSA, is limited and requires four wheel drive. Roads are generally steep, rocky, narrow, and are of natural surface. Cell service is unreliable. Be prepared for such conditions.