Abstract: The Fish Springs Range Wilderness Study Area (UT-050-127) includes most of the Fish Springs Range and is located north of the House Range, about 50 miles northwest of the city of Delta, Utah. A mineral resource study of the 33,840-acre area was completed in 1987 by the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Bureau of Mines. The northwestern and southeastern parts of the wilderness study area contain inferred subeconomic resources of high-purity quartzite. No metallic mineral resources were identified in the study area, but more than 17 million pounds of lead, 2.6 million ounces of silver, and minor copper, zinc, and gold have been produced from the Fish Springs mining district, which is immediately outside the northwest boundary of the wilderness study area. The potential for undiscovered deposits of these metals and molybdenum is high near the northern end of the study area, adjacent to the mining district, moderate near the southern end, and low in the remainder of the area. The resource potential for undiscovered deposits of high-purity limestone and dolomite is moderate throughout the study area except where quartzite is present; potential for undiscovered low-temperature geothermal resources and for oil and gas is low throughout the study area.
From abstract: The Deep Creek Mountains Wilderness Study Area (UT-020-060/UT-050-020) includes most of the Deep Creek Range of west-central Utah. The area is near the Utah-Nevada State line, south of Wendover, Utah, and northwest of Delta, Utah. Eleven areas of mineralized rock in and near the study area were evaluated by the U.S. Bureau of Mines. Four of these areas contain identified resources: (1) an indicated resource of 5,000 short tons of 16.5 ounces silver per short ton, 4.1 percent lead, 4.6 percent zinc, and 0.25 percent copper, at the Willow Springs area, which is almost surrounded by the study area in the northeast corner although it is not part of the study area; (2) an indicated gold resource of 774,000 short tons of 0.4 ounces per short ton and an inferred gold resource of 5.7 million short tons of 0.4 ounces per short ton in the Goshute Canyon area immediately east of the study area; (3) an indicated gold resource of 75,000 short tons of 0.22 ounces per short ton in the Queen of Sheba mine just west of the study area; and (4) an inferred gold resource of 3,800 short tons of 0.26 ounces per short ton in the Gold Bond area immediately east of the study area.