Stillwater Trailhead

Area Status: Open

The Stillwater trailhead serves multiple trails leading into the Flat Tops Wilderness:

North Derby, Trail #1122: This trail begins by crossing over the dam and leads to Hooper and Keener Lakes and intersects with further trails on the White River National Forest.

East Fork Trail #1119:  This trail starts along the Bear River Trail #1120 and then forks off onto Trail #1119 about a mile from the trailhead.

The trailhead offers a small parking area with a vault toilet. Overnight parking is allowed and requires no permit or fee.

Fishing is available at Stillwater Reservoir with a Colorado Fishing License. If hiking this area, one can expect a great deal of snow from October through late June due to its elevation.

Hiking from Memorial Day through late June hikers can expect an abundance of snow and mud. 

This area also has many opportunities for camping in designated dispersed sites for $5 per night and $5 per night per additional vehicle.

In addition, there are 3 campgrounds in this area that offer camping for $10 per night and $5 per night per additional vehicle.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Due to weather, the season for these trails are generally late June through October (weather dependent on snow fall)
Reservations: No reservations accepted, all parking and camping is first come basis
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Toilets,Parking
Open Season: June - November
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Yampa, CO
Water: No
Restroom: Yes
Information Center: Yampa Ranger District
(970) 638-4516
300 Roselawn Ave
Yampa, CO 80483

General Information


From Yampa, CO: Travel S/SW on Routt County Rd #7 approximately 7 miles. The paved road will turn into gravel which marks the forest boundary and becomes Forest Service Road 900. Travel another 10 miles on FSRD 900 to the dead end. This is where you can park and begin your hike. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

There are Rainbow Trout, Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, and Brook Trout present in Stillwater Reservoir.

Day Hiking

Horse Riding


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Recreation Areas

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