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Falls Gulch Mountain and the Sand Gulch area North of Cotopaxi offer exceptional backcountry hiking and big game hunting opportunities. It encompasses the epitome of the Arkansas River Canyonlands with dense pinion-juniper woodlands that roll over hilly and canyoned terrain, while also providing mid-elevation mixed forests in the higher sections to the north. BLM’s North of Cotopaxi unit also encompasses rare and vulnerable riparian plant communities and wetlands on the east side of Falls Gulch Mountain, an area so diverse that Wild Connections and partners hosted a public BioBlitz here a few years ago to document the area’s rich biodiversity. A hike to the top of Falls Gulch Mountain offers incredible views of the surrounding Bighorn Sheep Canyon with the jagged Sangre de Cristo Mountains providing a picturesque background. BLM Royal Gorge documented this incredible landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics , however this special wild area currently has no protections. This can change! We need your voice of support for North of Cotopaxi and similarly wild areas in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, scheduled to be released in Oct 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. Stay tuned the next few weeks as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, worthy of administration protection. @mypubliclands #SeeBLM  #yourpubliclands  #BLMWild 

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