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Goose Creek Wilderness

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Introduction

The United States Congress designated the Goose Creek Wilderness (map) in 2009 and it now has a total of 93 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Utah and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The Goose Creek Wilderness is bordered by the Zion Wilderness to the south.

Description

The Goose Creek Wilderness area is both remote and rugged. Goose Creek, which is designated “wild,” flows through the Wilderness area at the start of the steep and deep Goose Creek Canyon. Over 1,000 feet of elevation change occurs from the bottom of the canyon to top of the Wilderness. Zion National Park resides on the Wilderness area’s western and southern borders, with the southern border stretching for half a mile. Private lands surround its eastern and southern borders. Sitting at about 6,800 feet, the landscape is typical of high elevation desert: dense tree stands on the slopes and thick riparian vegetation thriving in the canyon’s steep walled shade. A mix of ponderosa and pinyon pine, and Utah juniper grow on top of the sandstone cliffs. Birds such as hawks, and golden eagles ride the air currents above the canyon walls, while a variety of mammals use both the uplands and the canyon bottoms.

Goose Creek Wilderness receives between 14 and 16 inches of precipitation each year. Summer temperatures often exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit with temperatures in excess of 90 at higher elevations and day and night temperatures differing by over 30 degrees. Winters are cold and often wet with temperatures ranging from highs of 50 to 60 degrees during the day to lows well below freezing at night. 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 Goose Creek 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.