Mount Ellen-Blue Hills, Bull Mountain, Mount Pennell, and Mount Hillers WSAs Trails

Sandy Ranch, Utah

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An article in a Hanksville newspaper about the bison in the Henry Mountains described the herd as previously “reduced almost to distinction [sic] by indiscriminate hunting.” The real distinction of the Henry Mountains bison is that they are now the largest herd of free-roaming buffalo in the nation. In 1941, 3 bulls and 15 heifers were shipped from Yellowstone National Park to the San Rafael Desert. In the early 1960s the herd moved to the Henrys and stayed there. The herd now numbers about 425 to 450 after calving season. An annual buffalo hunt keeps the numbers within limits set by a Division of Wildlife Resources agreement with the BLM. Spotting the bison is one of many unique scenic draws for visitors. This trail guide includes descriptions of Blue Hills, Mount Ellen Summit.
Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

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Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

by Lynna & Leland Howard (Westcliffe Publishers)

An article in a Hanksville newspaper about the bison in the Henry Mountains described the herd as previously “reduced almost to distinction [sic] by indiscriminate hunting.” The real distinction of the Henry Mountains bison is that they are now the largest herd of free-roaming buffalo in the nation. In 1941, 3 bulls and 15 heifers were shipped from Yellowstone National Park to the San Rafael Desert.

In the early 1960s the herd moved to the Henrys and stayed there. The herd now numbers about 425 to 450 after calving season. An annual buffalo hunt keeps the numbers within limits set by a Division of Wildlife Resources agreement with the BLM. Spotting the bison is one of many unique scenic draws for visitors. This trail guide includes descriptions of Blue Hills, Mount Ellen Summit.

©  Lynna & Leland Howard/Westcliffe Publishers. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sandy Ranch
Distance: 9
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,600 feet
Top Elevation: 11,615 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Henry Mountains Resource Area
Local Maps: USGS Hanksville, Hite Crossing, Cas Creek Peak, Copper Creek Benches, Ant Knoll, Turkey Knob, Raggy Canyon, Mount Ellen, and others
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Ellen-Blue Hills, Bull Mountain, Mount Pennell, and Mount Hillers WSAs Trails

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