Buffalo Hump WSA


Rock Springs Field Office 280 Highway 191 North Rock Springs, WY 82901

42.023085, -109.316443

US Highway 191 north to the 10 mile marker. Turn east onto County 4-17 for 15 miles. Turn west onto the Tri-territory Short Loop Road for 1 mile to the UPRR railroad grade. The railroad grade serves as the boundary for both the Sand Dunes and Buffalo Hump WSAs.

Fee Description:

This is a fee-free site


Buffalo Hump WSA

The Buffalo Hump Wilderness Study Area (WSA) encompasses 10,300 acres of BLM-administered land with no private or state inholdings. This is a sand dune area of many sand valleys, blowouts, dunes and hills.

The northern and western part of the area contains ponds, grass-covered marshes and playas. The southern and eastern part includes active dunes and meadows. This area and the adjacent Sand Dunes WSA are part of the range of the only herd of desert elk in Wyoming.

Most of the primitive and unconfined recreation opportunities are found in the eastern and southern portions of the unit including hiking, backpacking, camping, bird watching, wildlife photography, horseback riding and hunting. The outstanding scenic quality of this WSA enhances the recreational values. The moving sand dunes provide for a dynamic viewshed.

Accessibility Description (ABA/ADA):
Portions of the boundary to the WSA are accessible.