The Black Mountain WSA is characterized by a series of ridges and mesas cut by several deep gulches, small canyons, and side drainages. The Smith Gulch drainage runs through the middle of the WSA, creating a valley. Within the upper end of Smith Gulch and side drainages are highly-eroded soils with colorful bands of red, pink, yellow, tan, gray, and green. Vegetation consists mainly of pinyon-juniper woodlands, sagebrush, saltbush/greasewood, and Douglas fir. Fauna includes mule deer, elk, black bears, mountain lions and golden eagles. Kissinger Gulch, Smith Gulch, and numerous side drainages or canyons provide outstanding opportunities for solitude. Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, horseback riding, hunting, and photography.

Visitation Information

The Black Mountain WSA is located in Rio Blanco County, approximately 11 miles west of Meeker.

Visitor Advisory

Total Area: 10,191 acres

Elevation Range: ~5,950 to ~7,262 feet

BLM Field Office: White River

Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)