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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 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 Canyon 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 boundaries border private land. The terrain within its boundaries consists of a sandstone finger of a mesa and the upper reach of the Beartrap Canyon. Ranging from nearly 6,800 to 7,500 feet in elevation, both the mesa top and canyon bottom sustain Utah juniper, 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.

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 50oF to 60oF during the day to well below freezing at night. Beartrap Canyon Wilderness receives between 20 and 24 inches of rainfall each year. There are no maintained trails in the Wilderness.

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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