Miller Spring WSA Location: Natrona County
Nearest Town: Jeffrey City (31 miles)
BLM Acreage: 6,429 acres
Recommended for Wilderness: 0 acres
Access Points & Directions:
Access to the Miller Spring WSA requires landowner permission.
Allowable Uses & Restrictions:
Motorized travel in the Miller Spring WSA is allowed on roads and trails that existed during the inventory phase of the area. Specific route maps are available at the Lander Field Office.
Primitive & Unconfined Recreation:
The Miller Spring WSA offers outstanding opportunities for a primitive and unconfined type of recreation – rock climbing, hiking, camping, photography, nature study, sightseeing, backpacking and hunting. Primitive campsites are available in a few places where grassy meadows, shelter and concealment exist. The lack of well-distributed campsites might cause some visitor overlap and confinement of use. Hunting for antelope is outstanding on the flats because game is abundant and packing distances are short.
The Miller Spring WSA encompasses 6,429 acres of BLM-administered land with no split-estate or private inholdings. This WSA is located in Natrona County about 31 miles east of Jeffrey City. The topography in the area is composed almost entirely of rough, broken granite domes and outcrops.
The topography of this WSA consists of uplifted mountains of reddish granite rocks, slabs, exfoliating domes and sagebrush flats. Pockets of limber pine, aspen and juniper dot the rocky landscape. Bighorn sheep historically inhabited this area, but the only big game species currently in residence are elk, antelope and mule deer. Golden eagles, prairie falcons and red-tailed hawks soar overhead. This WSA was not recommended suitable for wilderness status in the 1992 report to Congress.
The Miller Spring WSA is predominantly natural, with few human imprints. Those that exist are confined to two-track ways, one bladed section of road and about .3 miles of fence. The ways and bladed road are on the east and northeast ends of the unit in open sagebrush areas. The WSA’s granite rocks and exfoliated domes provide a natural setting, largely uninterrupted by man-made structures. The existing intrusions are not noticeable and have a minimal impact on the total area.
Within the Miller Spring WSA, opportunities for solitude exist, but they are not exemplary since the area that provides topographic and vegetative screening to the visitor is small and would be somewhat confining. The pockets along the base do not provide the seclusion necessary to make the area exemplary. Encounters among visitors would be likely.
Miller Spring WSA offers large expanses of bare granite, which cannot be found anywhere else in central Wyoming. The WSA creates a natural and highly scenic backdrop for the Sweetwater River valley, which has a long history related to the exploration and early settlement of the west.