Red Creek Badlands WSA Location: Sweetwater County
Nearest Town: Rock Springs (25 miles)
BLM Acreage: 8,020 acres
Recommended for Wilderness: 0 acres
Primitive & Unconfined Recreation:
The WSA offers a variety of opportunities for primitive and unconfined recreation. Activities including wildlife observation, hiking, horseback riding and rock hounding occur on a limited basis, however. The primary recreation use in the area is hunting. Off-road vehicle use is mainly restricted to hunting activities.
The Red Creek Badlands WSA encompasses 8,020 acres of BLM-administered land and 640 acres of state land. The study area is a fragile watershed and contains highly erodible red shales and sandstones. Vegetation consists primarily of greasewood in the draws, sagebrush on the beach areas, and juniper on the upper slopes.
The WSA is a highly scenic, fragile watershed area including valuable wildlife habitat. The area is characterized by rugged terrain composed of sharply eroded cliffs, butte tops, benches, and draws with intermittent streams draining into Red Creek and eventually the Green River. Elevation in the WSA ranges from 7,000 to 7,900 feet above sea level.
Variation types found in the WSA include juniper and sagebrush communities in the higher elevations with greasewood and saltbrush communities inhabiting the many washes and lowland areas. The badlands are mostly devoid of vegetation.
The WSA is essentially in a natural state, with old seismic lines, two-track trails, and an abandoned road revegetating to a point where they are barely visible.
The Red Creek Badlands WSA offers outstanding opportunities for solitude. Rugged terrain and vegetation screening of the badlands contribute to the feeling of remoteness. Livestock grazing and recreational use are seasonal. Little or no potential exists for oil, gas or solid mineral exploration or production.
The WSA contains highly erodible red shale and sandstones. The coloration of the rocks and cliffs, mixed with the various shades of vegetation provide a most interesting landscape. Pinon pine stands, a rare occurrence at this latitude, can also be found.
Evidence of intermittent use by nomadic Indian hunters, including tipi rings, has been found in the surrounding areas.