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WINDY GULCH WILDERNESS STUDY AREA

 

Values

The Windy Gulch WSA is characterized by a series of high ridges, deep gulches and side drainages. East Jordan Gulch, West Jordan Gulch, and Windy Gulch have cut through the Gray Hills, north to south, creating very steep, rugged topography. Steep, rocky cliffs and hillsides support stands of conifers including Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, pinyon, and juniper. Vegetation also includes tall sagebrush, native grasses and forbs, oakbrush, serviceberry, mountain mahogany, aspen, and other mountain brush species. Fauna includes mule deer, elk, black bear, mountain lion, golden eagles, various other raptors, and numerous other birds, mammals, and reptiles. Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, hunting, and photography.

Visitation Information

The Windy Gulch WSA is located in Rio Blanco County, approximately 10 miles northwest of Meeker.

Visitor Advisory

Total Area: 12,740 acres

Elevation Range: ~6,400 to ~8,080 feet

BLM Field Office: White River

Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area))