Posted in Wyoming February 06, 2019 by Kim Magaraci Escape To Wyoming’s Hidden Desert To See The Most Unique Landscape In The West Between Rawlins and Rock Springs, you'll find the most unique ecosystem in the West. Wyoming's high desert sits 6,000 feet above sea level and is fascinating. Flickr / Carfull in Wyoming It truly is a desert here. The area known as the Great Divide Basin sits on the Continental Divide, but drains into neither ocean. Luckily, it rarely rains here, and the water is drained right back into the ground. Flickr / BLM Despite the initial impression of being a vast, barren landscape, once you take a closer look you'll see an impressive variety of flora and fauna. Elk, mule deer, and antelope are common here. Flickr / BLM Hawks, eagles, bobcats, coyotes and the occasional mountain lions love to hunt here. The large herds of wild horses thrive in the sandy, brushy environment. Wikimedia Commons The Killpecker Sand Dunes stretch across more than 100,000 acres of the Wyoming Red Desert. These whistling sand dunes are one of the largest dune fields in North America. Flickr / BLM Adobe Town is one section of the high desert is where conservationists and the natural gas industry are in conflict. While preserving the land is important to sustainability and the delicate ecosystem, there are valuable natural resources below the ground that the large corporations want to explore. Wikimedia Commons Throughout the high desert, you'll find thousands of acres of public land and the occasional private ranch. The area is remote, but cattle and horses are easy to raise out here. Wikimedia Commons It's easy to explore the Wyoming Red Desert, thanks to the BLM opening up enormous "play areas" for dune buggies, hiking, camping, and horseback riding. Flickr / BLM Wyoming For more information on the Killpecker Sand Dunes Open Play Area, visit the BLM website, here.