Location: El Paso CountySize: 520 acresDesignated: October 1980Land Manager: US Forest Service
The site includes two primary canyons, cut by the North and South Forks of French Creek, and several secondary canyons. This tract is characterized by steep slopes and canyon bottoms covered with boulders or loose rocky soil produced by erosion. The virgin stands of Douglas fir and ponderosa pine are rare undisturbed examples of lower montane forest. Oak brush cloaks the lower slopes, while Engelmann and blue spruce occur along streams at higher elevations.