Wyoming’s Last Wild Place

A Wild Landscape

Antelope run along Alkali Draw. Image: Nic Wegner.

The Northern Red Desert is often described as the largest unfenced area in the lower-48, containing several wilderness study areas. These are large, wild, roadless land areas, determined through a national process to contain some of our nation’s best remote opportunities for solitude and recreation. These areas are open to the public for camping, hunting, fishing, and hiking, but motorized use is prohibited. The Northern Red Desert boasts nine unique WSAs – the largest concentration in Wyoming. These special places help preserve badlands, historic trails, fossilized remains from the shores of ancient seas, and early Native American petroglyphs and camps. The wide-open country also supports abundant wildlife, including a rare desert elk herd and crucial winter range for the migratory big game herds that roam Southwest Wyoming.