OIL SPRING MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS STUDY AREA
The Oil Spring Mountain WSA is dominated by its namesake, the flat-topped Oil Spring Mountain. As elevations drop from the mountain, the landform changes to arid slickrock with numerous sandstone draws. A cave, and a natural arch are located in the slickrock terrain. Natural earth flows have occurred in several locations on the highly erosive soils of Oil Spring Mountain. Pinyon-juniper woodland, sagebrush steppe, mountain mahogany/oak scrub, and Douglas fir/pine forest ecosystems are found in the WSA. Fauna includes mule deer, elk, black bear, mountain lion, and various raptors. Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, horseback riding, hunting, and photography.
The Oil Spring Mountain WSA is located in Rio Blanco County, approximately 25 miles southwest of Rangely.
Total Area: 18,245 acres
Elevation Range: ~6,000 to ~8,550 feet
BLM Field Office: White River
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)