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Deep Creek North Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Deep Creek North Wilderness (map) in 2009 and it now has a total of 4,478 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Utah and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.


Contiguous to the Deep Creek Wilderness, these two units contain approximately 7,500 acres of public land and are located near the northeast corner of Zion National Park. In fact, Deep Creek Wilderness shares its 3 mile southern border with the Park. The elevation ranges from a low of 6,000 feet in Deep Creek Wilderness to a high of 6,800 feet in Deep Creek North Wilderness, creating an environment for dense stands of trees and shrubs.

The perennial stream of Deep Creek flows for approximately 4.8 miles through the Deep Creek Wilderness and was designated as a “wild” river segment for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic River System through the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. Approximately 1.2 miles of two tributaries to the North Fork of the Virgin River also flow through the Deep Creek Wilderness and have been designated as “wild” rivers. Deep Creek North Wilderness contains numerous drainages: Crystal Creek, Big Oak Wash, Deep Creek, and several unnamed drainages. The area just outside the Deep Creek North Wilderness is dotted with springs.

This extensive cover, availability of water, and a contiguous landscape of wildlands, creates habitat for a wide variety of animals. Mule deer, elk, mountain lion, and bobcat are the larger animals that make a home here. Just a few of the smaller mammals include badgers, marmots, and ringtail. Numerous birds species can be observed in the wilderness with some of the more interesting being golden eagle, screech owl, chukar partridge, and wild turkey. The remote canyons of the wilderness provide suitable nesting habitat for the Mexican spotted owl, a threatened species.

Planning to Visit the Deep Creek North 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 Deep Creek North 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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