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Beartrap Canyon Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Beartrap Canyon Wilderness (map) in 2009 and it now has a total of 40 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Utah and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The Beartrap Canyon Wilderness is bordered by the Zion Wilderness to the west.


Beartrap Canyon Wilderness is small: 40 acres, but shares a common boundary with designated wilderness in the Kolob Canyons portion of Zion National Park. Largely a rugged, steeply sloped area, this Wilderness contains the headwater areas for many tributaries that flow through Bear Trap Canyon on Kolob Terrace. A very short segment of stream in Bear Trap Canyon, is designated as “wild” in the National Wild and Scenic River System.

Beartrap Wilderness is an isolated parcel of land managed by the BLM. While its western boundary is contiguous with Zion National Park, its northern, southern, and eastern boundary borders private land. The terrain within its 40 acres consists of a sandstone finger of a mesa and the upper reach of the Beartrap Canyon. At a top elevation of 7,500 feet, both the mesa top and canyon bottom sustains Utah juniper and ponderosa and pinyon pine trees.

Despite its small size, but because of its proximity to adjacent wilderness and other relatively undisturbed lands, a wide variety of wildlife lives here. Hawks, falcons, and eagles soar above the canyons, while ringtailed cats, mountain lion, and black bear hunt in the uplands and along the canyon bottoms. The dissected remote canyons also offer suitable nesting habitat for the Mexican spotted owl, a threatened species.

Planning to Visit the Beartrap Canyon Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Beartrap Canyon Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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