FERRIS MOUNTAIN RANGE

The Ferris Mountain Range is located approximately 45 miles north of Rawlins, Wyoming. It is without trail and relatively unknown to most people outside of its vicinity. Geographical research reveals Ferris Mountain Range is one of the shortest mountain ranges in the world. It is also unique in its geographical configuration. The Ferris Mountain Range runs east-west. The east-west alignment differs from other mountain ranges in North America. Most of the mountain ranges in North America are a result of tectonic plate dynamics and nearly all run north-south. Ferris Mountain Range was named in honor of George Ferris, one of the early settlers in this region of Wyoming.

The Ferris Mountain Range is a part of the Ferris Mountains Wilderness Study Area. The Ferris Mountains Study Area encompasses 22,245 acres of BLM-administered land and one private inholding of 160 acres.

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Ferris Mountain Wilderness Study Area” by Bob Wick is licensed under CC by 2.0

What Ferris Mountain Range (dubbed by locals as just “Ferris”) lacks in size it makes up for in ruggedness. The range’s diverse terrain is composed of deep canyons, high ridge tops, steep precipices, lush meadows, and dense timber. Ferris Peak is the highest point in the Great Divide Basin. A climb to Ferris Peak will involve expert mountaineering and skilled navigation as there are no trails to the top. Ferris Peak stands at 10,037 feet in elevation.The views from atop the mountain are spectacular. One will see Green Mountain and Red Desert to the West, the Sweetwater River Valley and the Rattlesnake Range to the North, the Seminoe Mountains and Bradley Peak to the East, and Separation Flat to the South.

Elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, and mountain lion make up the majority of larger fauna in the Ferris Mountains Wilderness Study Area. Rabbits, weasels, squirrels, and pine marten are just a few of the many smaller fauna species that habitat the area.
Douglas Fir, Lodgepole Pine, Spruce, sagebrush, willow, and a variety of wildflowers comprise some of the flora seen in the Ferris Mountains Wilderness Study Area.

Madison Formation white limestone fins lace nearly the entire southern face of the Ferris Mountain Range. This feature is prominent when approaching the mountain range from southern routes. Eagles, falcons, and other aviary species nest on the limestone cliffs. The limestone cliffs of the Ferris Mountain Range are uninviting and challenge even the most skilled of climbers.

The diversity and wilderness of the Ferris Mountain Range offer skilled outdoor enthusiasts unmitigated opportunities to hike, hunt, climb, camp, and explore. Novice enthusiasts beware-Ferris Mountain Range is not easily navigated. For those seeking solitude, the chance to recreate in such primitivity and wilderness is unparalleled. On “Ferris,” one will immediately experience a sense of isolation, peace, and freedom. It is a wonderful place to explore the wild.

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