Gooding City of Rocks West Wilderness Study Area

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Gooding City of Rocks West Wilderness Study Area
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
A map of the United States showing the location of the Gooding City of Rocks West WSA
A map of the United States showing the location of the Gooding City of Rocks West WSA
Location Gooding County, Idaho, United States
Nearest city Gooding, ID
Coordinates 43°07′28″N 114°52′03″W / 43.12454°N 114.86755°W / 43.12454; -114.86755Coordinates: 43°07′28″N 114°52′03″W / 43.12454°N 114.86755°W / 43.12454; -114.86755
Area 6,287 acres (2,544 ha)
Established 1992
Governing body Bureau of Land Management
Official website

The Gooding City of Rocks West Wilderness Study Area is a Bureau of Land Management wilderness study area that covers 6,287 acres (2,544 ha) in Gooding County, Idaho between the towns of Gooding and Fairfield. The WSA is located in the Bennett Hills and features a collection of rock features called hoodoos, which rise to more than 100 feet (30 m). The Gooding City of Rocks West WSA is contiguous (but divided by dirt roads) with three other WSAs in the Bennett Hills: Black Canyon, Gooding City of Rocks East, and Little City of Rocks. Portions of the WSA's borders are formed by dirt roads, which also separates it from the Gooding City of Rocks West and Black Canyon WSAs.[1][2][3]

Sagebrush and grasses are the dominant vegetation in the WSA, although willows, quaking aspen, cottonwoods, and other trees can be found in shaded sections of some canyons. Elevations in the WSA range from 4,080 ft (1,240 m) to 5,616 ft (1,712 m). Wildlife that can be found in the WSA include elk, mule deer, coyote, and various birds of prey and upland game. Catchall Creek and other streams flow through the WSA. All of the WSA was recommended to be included as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System because it provides exceptional wilderness values. However, the area will remain a WSA until it is released or designated a wilderness area. Petroglyphs and surface lithic scatters can be found in the WSA.[2][4]|year=2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gooding City of Rocks West WSA". Bureau of Land Management. Archived from the original on February 23, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Gooding City of Rocks West Wilderness Study Area" (PDF). Bureau of Land Management. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 23, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bureau of Land Management, Shoshone Field Office, Wilderness Study Areas" (PDF). Bureau of Land Management. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 23, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ Idaho: Fairfield (Map). 1:100,000. Bureau of Land Management. ISBN 978-1-4113-2446-6.