Description - *This Information was Provided by the Bureau of Land Management of Wyoming*
Of the 6.6 million acres, 2.5 million acres are public lands managed by the BLM. The Lander Field Office also manages approximately 2.7 million acres of federal mineral estate.
The Lander Field Office manages a wide diversity of resources and uses including National Historic Trails, the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, historic mining areas, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, hang gliding livestock grazing and wild horses.
- Atlantic City/South Pass-
This area is rich in 19th century mining history. Travel graveled roads to Atlantic City, South Pass City State Historic Site, the ghost town of Miner's Delight, or just ride along two-track roads through stands of pine and aspen. Wildlife viewing of antelope, deer, elk, moose, and raptors exists.
Green Mountain provides great riding among the aspen, pine and spruce. Spectacular views of the Sweetwater River, Ferris Mountains, the Great Divide Basin and Whiskey Peak are found from Wildhorse Point Overlook. Road surfaces range from well maintained graveled to two-track roads. Wildlife that can be viewed include antelope, deer, elk, and wild horses. This area may have on-going logging and fuelwood cutting activity, so be aware of any equipment and logging trucks.
Opportunities to ride along the Oregon Trail exist. When done in a low impact manner it is an excellent way to view the trail and trail corridor as it was seen by the pioneer immigrants. Due to intermingled private property along the trail, please contact the Lander Field Office for information on routes that are available to ride.
Recreation - The Baldwin Creek Climbing Area has about 50 established rock climbs ranging in difficulty from 5.11 to 5.14. The average difficulty of these climbs exceeds those of two of the other popular rock climbing areas near Lander-Sinks Canyon and Wild Iris.
The rocks of interest to climbers make up the middle member of the Bighorn dolomite, a geologic formation of Ordovician age. The main body of the formation was deposited in a warm shallow sea between 470 and 450 million years ago. Dolomite is similar to limestone (calcium carbonate) but is much richer in magnesium. Factors influencing sedimentation were probably constant for a long time because the cliffs are very uniform in composition, texture and color. They have few cracks or other flaws, and as a result, they provide uniformly difficult rock climbing opportunities.
Climate - The climate in Wyoming changes with the topography. Generally the western mountains and basins receive large amounts of precipitation and create a rain shadow for eastern Wyoming. Most of the precipitation occurs during the winter months and falls in the form of snow. Temperatures are cooler in this region than the eastern part of the state, because of the generally higher elevation.
The eastern and lower elevations of Wyoming have been known for the constant wind that blows from west to east. During the winter this may be a Chinook, which warms the region. Temperatures in eastern Wyoming can be extreme. Summer days may reach 100 degrees F cooling quickly after sunset. Winter temperature lows can reach below zero with the wind adding to the intensity.
Covers BLM-administered lands and minerals in portions of Fremont, Natrona and Sweetwater Counties in the central part of Wyoming.