Red Desert (Wyoming)

The Red Desert is a high altitude desert area located in south central Wyoming, comprising approximately 6 million acres (24,000 km²). Among the natural features in the Red Desert region are the Great Divide Basin, a unique endorheic drainage basin formed by a division in the Continental Divide, and the Killpecker dunes, the largest living dune system in the United States. In the 19th century, the Oregon Trail tracked through the Red Desert on its way to South Pass.

The majority of the Red Desert area is public land managed by the Rock Springs and Rawlins field offices of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Like most of southern Wyoming, the Red Desert is rich in wildlife and scenery as well as oil, natural gas, uranium and other mineral resources.

ee also

* Great Divide Basin

External links

* [http://www.nwf.org/reddesert/ National Wildlife Federation - Red Desert]
* [http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Rock_Springs/rec/dunes.html BLM Rock Springs Field Office Recreation Page]
* [http://www.reddesert.org/ Friends of the Red Desert]
* [http://www.voiceforthewild.org/reddesert.html Biodiversity Conservation Alliance - Red Desert]
* [http://www.ajroadtrips.com/go/trips/reddesert.html Climbing and hiking information on the Red Desert at AJRoadTrips]


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