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Eightmile Mountain is one of the wildest unprotected areas in the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office. Its deep valleys, rolling hills, and mountain ridges provide excellent opportunities for primitive recreation and solitude, as well as support a wide variety of plant species and wildlife habitat. This 19,000+ contiguous acre area provides high habitat and range values for black bear, elk, deer, pronghorn, mountain lion, Aberts squirrel, and Brazilian free tailed bat. Valued bird species also take refuge in this #BLMWild  area, including the bald eagle, scaled quail, wild turkey, and Lewis’s woodpecker. A hike or horseback to Thompson Point, from one of two BLM trailheads, offers an incredible Colorado viewscape: scenic landscape views of the snowcapped Sangre de Cristo Mountains draping over central Colorado’s canyon country, highlighted by the Arkansas River and Bighorn Sheep Canyon. BLM Royal Gorge documented this rugged and awesome landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics , however this wild area currently has no protections. This can change! We need your voice of support for Eightmile Mountain and similarly wild areas in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, expected 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 

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