U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Worland Field Office|
Nearest Town: Worland (16 miles)
BLM Acreage: 21,000 acres
Recommended for Wilderness: 0 acres
Access Points & Directions:
To access the eastern side of Honeycombs WSA, travel east from Worland on US Highway 16 for approximately 16 miles. Turn south (right) onto Blue Bank Road (BLM Road 1411). After travelling about 3 miles, you will reach the northern border of the WSA. This road follows the eastern boundary for 4.75 miles and then splits off to the east and travels just over 1 mile parallel to the WSA. Spur routes along this section of Blue Bank Road can be used to access Honeycombs WSA.
To reach Honeycombs WSA from the west, take US Highway 16 from Worland east for approximately 7 miles. Turn south (right) on Macaroni Road (BLM Road 1402) and follow for about 8.5 miles where it intersects with Mobile Road (BLM Road 1401). Turn east (left) on Mobile road. You will reach the western boundary of Honeycombs WSA in 6 miles.
Allowable Uses & Restrictions:
Primitive & Unconfined Recreation:
Resources in the WSA also support passive activities such as nature study, photography, rock hounding, bird watching, reflection and contemplation, and sightseeing. The colorful and heavily eroded Willwood Formation provides an excellent opportunity for geologic study.
The density of vegetation decreases as the badland topography becomes more prevalent. Sagebrush and grasses are the most common vegetation. Drainages exhibit substantially more greasewood and scattered rabbitbrush, leaving most hillsides and ridge tops sparsely vegetated.
The overall impact of intrusions on the naturalness of the WSA is slight. Surface disturbance by humans is substantially unnoticeable because of their dispersal and size, the natural screening provided by very rugged terrain and the natural healing of scars through erosion and revegetation.
The most common human-made features in the WSA are bladed trails and reservoirs. The majority of these trails are the result of oil and gas exploration during and prior to the 1960s. Others undoubtedly resulted from reservoir construction, which was intensively undertaken in the early 1960s. As a result of time, the erosive nature of the soil and natural revegetation, most of these trails are not usable by motor vehicles. Those that remain are used by ranchers and recreationists to access reservoirs and fence lines.
Twenty-one reservoirs are located in the WSA; they range in size from small stockponds to substantial catchments that may approach an acre in area with dikes up to 200 feet long. Many of the reservoirs were dry at the time of the intense inventory, but a surprising number held water with seemingly little maintenance.