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Doc's Pass Wilderness

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Introduction

The United States Congress designated the Doc's Pass Wilderness (map) in 2009 and it now has a total of 18,216 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Utah and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Description

Doc’s Pass Wilderness is clustered together with Cougar Canyon and Slaughter Creek Wilderness areas along the Nevada state line, in the remote northwest corner of Washington County. This unit is contiguous with wildlands in Nevada and roadless areas of the Dixie National Forest in Utah, creating an extensive wilderness. The rugged terrain of the Bull Valley Mountains typifies the core landscape of this Wilderness area. Elevations range from a little over 3,600 feet to 5,629 feet on top of Bull Mountain.

Beaver Dam Wash, a perennial stream in its upper reaches, flows through this wilderness and steep-sided canyons and mountain peaks, composed of Miocene age volcanic lava flows, ash-fall tuffs and mudflow breccias, are densely covered with pinyon pine, Utah juniper, manzanita, and scrub oak. Many species of song birds and raptors can be viewed in the native willows and cottonwood trees that grow in the riparian zones. Beaver Dam Wash also supports native trout and the Virgin spinedace, a native minnow-like species. A wide variety of mammals roam here including elk, mule deer, mountain lion, ringtail, bobcat, badger, and both the common and kit fox.

Visitors to this wilderness area will experience scenic vistas and outstanding opportunities for backpacking, horseback riding, and primitive camping. This part of Washington County is rugged and remote. Visitors should plan carefully and be prepared for backcountry travel conditions. Doc’s Pass Wilderness receives between 10 and 14 inches of precipitation annually. Summer temperatures can easily exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit and drop well below freezing in winter. There are no maintained trails in the Wilderness.

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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 Doc's Pass 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.