Split Rock WSA Location: Fremont and Natrona Counties
Nearest Town: Jeffrey City (12 miles)
BLM Acreage: 1,789 acres
Recommended for Wilderness: 0 acres
Access Points & Directions:
The Split Rock WSA is accessed from the U.S. Highway 287 at the Split Rock Pullout. Caution - lots of private lands in the area!
Access to wild lands inherently requires navigational skills and in many cases, four wheel-drive/high clearance vehicles. Visitors should be prepared for adverse weather and road conditions. The WSAs in the Lander Field Office are primarily accessed by unnamed/unsigned two track roads; in many cases, these roads are impossible to find without good navigational skills and equipment. You will need to use your navigational skills to access the Split Rock WSA from the U.S. Highway 287.
Allowable Uses & Restrictions:
Motorized travel in the Split Rock 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 Split Rock WSA offers outstanding opportunities for a primitive and unconfined type of recreation – rock climbing, hiking, sightseeing, backpacking and hunting. Split Rock and McIntosh Peak have long been attractive to rock climbers. Hunting for antelope is outstanding on the flats because game is abundant and packing distances are short.
The Split Rock WSA encompasses 1,789 acres, including 40 acres of surface split-estate and 40 acres of private land inholding within the boundaries.
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 Split Rock WSA is essentially natural and existing intrusions do not significantly compromise the overall naturalness. The WSA contains few human imprints, which include two two-tracked vehicle ways, an old jade project and a dilapidated cabin. The area is rugged and ranges in elevation from 6,115 feet at the southern boundary road to about 8,058 feet on Split Rock. The WSA’s granite rocks and exfoliated domes provide a natural setting, uninterrupted by human imprints. The existing intrusions are not noticeable and have a minimal impact on the total area.
Within the Split Rock WSA, opportunities for solitude are outstanding since the area that provides topographic and vegetative screening to the visitor is large and would be not be confining. The flats and alluvial slopes along the base do not provide the seclusion necessary to make the area outstanding.
Split Rock WSA is exceptionally scenic and is an important landmark for Oregon/Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trails and appears on the National Register of Historic Places. It offers an ideal rock climbing training area for National Outdoor Leadership School courses.