UPPER GRAPE CREEK WILDERNESS STUDY AREA
The Upper Grape Creek WSA topography includes rocky, rolling hills in the western portion, with more rugged terrain near Grape Creek. The steep, red-brown slopes are spotted with gray-green vegetation, offering excellent scenic value to the area. Several peaks exist between East Mill Gulch and Granite Gulch. Vegetation consists mainly of pinyon and juniper, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and riparian species along Grape Creek. Fauna includes mule deer, mountain lion, black bear, various small mammals, wild turkey, and trout. Subtle remains of the Denver and Rio Grande railroad spur offer historical significance. Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, horseback riding, hunting, and photography.
The Upper Grape Creek WSA is located in Fremont County, approximately six miles southwest of Cañon City. Drive to the trailhead at West Bear Gulch.
Total Area: 9,567 acres
Elevation Range: ~7,000 to ~8,100 feet
BLM Field Office: Royal Gorge
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)