Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness and Westwater Canyon WSA Trails

Cisco, Utah

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Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness and Westwater Canyon WSA are both on the Utah-Colorado border, next door to each other. All of the wilderness study areas in the Green River Complex are reasonably close. These wilderness areas are on the very edge of the terrain where the Rocky Mountains Ecoregion ends and the Colorado Plateau Ecoregion begins. Both areas are semiarid, but are cut by rivers and streams, with a moderately thick covering of piñon-juniper forest on the plateaus. Redrock canyons are incised into the plateaus, with seven major drainages in Black Ridge and three in Westwater. Alcoves, pinnacles, and other erosional features are displayed in the Wingate Sandstone cliffs. Great blue herons nest along the Colorado River, and two endangered raptors cruise the skies, the bald eagle and the peregrine falcon. This trail guide includes descriptions of Jones Canyon Trail.
Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

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Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

by Lynna & Leland Howard (Westcliffe Publishers)

Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness and Westwater Canyon WSA are both on the Utah-Colorado border, next door to each other. All of the wilderness study areas in the Green River Complex are reasonably close. These wilderness areas are on the very edge of the terrain where the Rocky Mountains Ecoregion ends and the Colorado Plateau Ecoregion begins. Both areas are semiarid, but are cut by rivers and streams, with a moderately thick covering of piñon-juniper forest on the plateaus.

Redrock canyons are incised into the plateaus, with seven major drainages in Black Ridge and three in Westwater. Alcoves, pinnacles, and other erosional features are displayed in the Wingate Sandstone cliffs. Great blue herons nest along the Colorado River, and two endangered raptors cruise the skies, the bald eagle and the peregrine falcon. This trail guide includes descriptions of Jones Canyon Trail.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cisco
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,700 feet
Top Elevation: 6,800 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Grand Resource Area, Utah; Grand Junction Field Office, Colorado
Local Maps: USGS Bitter Creek Well, Westwater, Agate, Marble Canyon, Big Triangle
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness and Westwater Canyon WSA Trails

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