HIGH MESA GRASSLAND WILDERNESS STUDY AREA with wild flowers that are purple and orange in a green field



The High Mesa Grassland WSA spans over the rolling mesa and steep slopes of Table Mountain, locally known as Sommerville Table.  Breath taking views abound from its 8,872 foot elevation vantage point. At only 683 acres, this tiny area was first identified as a natural area, and because of that natural area designation, came under consideration for potential wilderness designation.  The natural area was designated because of the unusual diversity of grasses here; 17 native grass species have been identified within a small geographic area.  In addition to grass, you’ll find flowering forbs, oakbrush, conifers and mountain shrubs and could spot elk, mule deer, black bears, bobcats, coyotes, and other wildlife roaming the landscape.  Activities include hiking, horseback riding, and photography.

Visitation Information

The High Mesa Grassland WSA is located in Fremont County, approximately 13 miles northwest of Cañon City. Be aware that access is incredibly limited to this area.

Visitor Advisory

Total Area: 682 acres

Elevation Range: ~8,500 to ~9,100 feet

BLM Field Office: Royal Gorge

Designated: 1976 (Instant Wilderness Study Area)