“The Little Mountain area is considered by many to be …the crown jewel for wildlife and recreation.” said former WY Governor Freudenthal in a letter to the BLM. This unique high desert habitat region is regarded by biologists and resource managers to be some of the most sensitive fish & wildlife habitat in Wyoming.
Located about 40 miles south of Rock Springs, the greater Little Mountain area supports thriving populations of elk and mule deer and is thought by many to be one of the best hunting destinations in the state. In addition to healthy sage grouse populations, the sub-alpine fir and juniper woodland-laced landscape also includes streams with superior trout fisheries for the sensitive Colorado River cutthroat trout.
For generations, the public land near Little Mountain has served as a hunting, fishing and recreational paradise and was recently identified as one of the 'best wild places' in the country by Field and Stream Magazine. Since 1990, the Little Mountain area has benefited from over $2 million in habitat restoration and enhancement projects funded by various state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, and private individuals.
Little Mountain has emerged as a battleground in the oil and gas energy boom in southwestern Wyoming. Sportsmen who use this area want to make sure that development on these lands occurs responsibly and preserves the unique qualities of these important wildlife resources. It is hoped that habitats that have not been developed or leased at this point will remain free from development activities and be withdrawn from future leasing. This special area is worthy of your exploration, enjoyment and protection.