Notch Peak WSA
Guide

Introduction

Featuring a distinct landmark visible for 70 miles in west-central Utah, Notch Peak Wilderness Study Area (WSA) is home to a precipice that is about 3,000 feet high with a shallow groove at its peak. This Bureau of Land Management property, located 45 miles west of Utah, is a good place to enjoy solitude and also have fun while away from home. The area is accessible by cars, but guests are advised to come in high clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles so that accessibility will be easy.

There are no developed campgrounds in this WSA, so only primitive camping options are available. Visitors are therefore encouraged to come along with all they need to make the exercise memorable. Modern camping is available at Fishlake National Forest.

One good way to stay active at Notch Peak WSA is by hiking across the different scenic spots in the wilderness where you get to catch glimpses of picturesque landscapes. Flora and wildlife viewing is yet another way to appreciate the park’s beauty. Of course, you are free to take pictures of the park’s beautiful and colorful corridors. If you are up to it, you can visit Clear Lake Waterfowl Management Area to view various species of birds and waterfowl. Other recreation activities such as fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, etc. are available at Fishlake National Forest.

RV Rentals in Notch Peak WSA

Transportation

Driving

North Peak Wilderness Study Area lies about 45 miles west of Delta, Utah, in the House Range, in western Millard County. This Bureau of Land Management wilderness property can be accessed via US Highway 50 which is the only major highway close to the park. Your turn-off point from this highway if you’re coming from Delta in the east is Tule Valley Road. Be prepared for a few bumps along the road as you may encounter some rough dirt roads as you approach the wilderness. It’s best to come along in high clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles that will make navigation in the area as smooth sailing as possible.

The use of motorized vehicles and mechanical equipment within Notch Peak WSA is not allowed. Wheelchairs are allowed in the WSA.

There are no direct transportation services to Notch Peak WSA.

Visitors who wish to rent RVs and camping equipment for developed camping in the region will find rental services at Delta and Millard County.

Parking

Public Transportation

Campgrounds and parking in Notch Peak WSA

Campsites in Notch Peak WSA

First-come first-served

Adelaide Campground

Adelaide Campground lies within the Com Creek Canyon in the Fishlake National Forest, southeast of Notch Peak WSA. This campground, located five miles SE of Kanosh, offers group and individual camping options for guests. Plentiful shade is provided by the maple and cottonwood trees in the campground. The group campsite is available by reservation, while the other campsites are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Facilities and amenities available in the campground include flush and vault toilets, as well as potable water, picnic shelter, and a large amphitheater. No hookups are provided, but fire rings are available.

The campground is open between May and September (peak season).

The RV length limit in the campground is 40 feet.

Seasonal activities in Notch Peak WSA

In-Season

Hiking

Fascinating hiking adventures await guests and campers at Notch Peak WSA. This wilderness which features the second tallest cliff in North America is a popular spot for many who wish to get good views from atop the peak. What’s more, the easy hike takes trail users along Sawtooth Canyon that meanders through a gorge-like canyon. All the way, hikers are offered scenic views of sagebrush and Bristlecone Pine trees that are over 4,000 years old, and a mini natural arch.

You’ll be rewarded with views of Wheeler Peak, Ibapah Peak, and Mt. Nebo atop Notch Peak. So, ensure you gear up for the exercise.

Flora and Fauna

The low elevation areas within Notch Peak WSA are characterized by sagebrush, while you will find pinyon-juniper woodland in the higher elevation areas. The northern and eastern slopes in the highest parts of the park are dominated by conifer forests and some isolated patches of aspen.

Get around the wilderness to see kit fox, ferruginous hawk, burrowing owl, and long-billed curlew. Other birds like peregrine falcons, bald and golden eagles soar the sky above the WSA.

Solitude

Notch Peak WSA has amazing opportunities for guests and campers to enjoy solitude, especially at any of the beautiful spots within the wilderness. For instance, the brush-and-tree-covered western benches of the House Range have a unique appearance that promotes solitude for visitors. The tall stands of trees and the narrow canyon bottom also offer those seeking some peace and quiet needed alone time.

If you’re willing to exercise your limbs after sessions of solitude, rock climbing and spelunking opportunities are available.

Off-Season

Fishing

Although there are no water bodies within Notch Peak WSA, anglers enjoying camping vacations at this BLM wilderness get the chance to visit Fishlake National Forest for several fishing opportunities such as ice fishing, lake fishing, pond fishing, river and stream fishing. Two of the most popular fish species that anglers catch in the lakes and streams here are lake trout and Mackinaw.

You will require a fishing license if you wish to engage in this sport here.

Winter Recreation

Get your gear and visit Fishlake National Forest in winter to take advantage of the snow and enjoy exciting activities. Some of the popular activities available here in winter are snowmobiling, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. It’s advisable to check the snow and ice conditions before you head out.

Snowmobilers can get as high as 11,500 feet above sea level at this park, making the scenic panorama entirely breathtaking and satisfying. Be sure to stay clear of avalanche areas for your own safety.

Hunting

There aren’t any hunting opportunities available at Notch Peak WSA, but that does not deter hunters from going after game when vacationing in this area. This is because plenty of sites are open for big game hunting and small game hunting at Fishlake National Forest nearby.

Some very large deer and elk herds call the Forest home, making it possible for hunters to find a trophy from big game hunting. Turkey, upland birds, cougar and mountain goats are other seldom hunted game.

Hunting is guided by state laws.

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