The WSA consists of the badlands that form the north slope of the McCullough Peaks. The terrain is characterized by sharp ridges and deeply eroded drainages. There are also large expanses of open, gentle terrain. The area is scenic and provides opportunities for solitude and primitive recreation.
The panoramic views from the top of McCullough Peaks are outstanding and include not only the study area's badlands but views of Heart Mountain, the Beartooth Mountains and the Absaroka Range.
A variety of opportunities for primitive and unconfined recreation can be found throughout the area, including hiking, hunting, horseback riding, rock hounding, nature study and photography. Game populations support upland bird and limited deer hunting.
The vividly colored and highly eroded ridges and hills have outstanding scenic quality. Opportunities for wild horse viewing are present. The McCullough Peaks area has been known for its paleontological and geologic interest for some time.