Flat Tops Area

Area Status: Open

Flat Tops WildernessThe Flat Tops area is managed by the Yampa Ranger District and offers many recreation opportunities for all seasons. The Bear River corridor, Chapman and Sheriff Reservoirs, and Dunckley Pass are popular locations. The Scenic Byway "Flat Tops Trail" runs from Yampa to Meeker on County Road 8, and is popular for big game hunting, picnics, scenic driving, admiring the fall colors, camping, fishing, snowmobiling, hiking, horseback riding and more. 

Flat Tops Wilderness spans the Routt National Forest and White River National Forest. Elevations range from 7,640 to 12,354 feet. This is the third largest Wilderness in Colorado.

The United States Congress designated the Flat Tops Wilderness in 1975, and it now has a total of 235,214 acres. Arthur Carhart's 1919 visit to Trapper's Lake in the Flat Tops prompted him to be the first U.S. Forest Service official to initiate a plea for Wilderness preservation.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Accessible mid June through early November (dependent on weather and snowfall.) Winter months require a snowmobile to access.
Restrictions: Please review wilderness regulations for Flat Tops Wilderness.
Information Center: Yampa Ranger District
300 Roselawn St
Yampa, CO 80483


Rock Climbing

Big Game Hunting

Areas for Big Game Hunting at Flat Tops Area

Small Game Hunting

Areas for Small Game Hunting at Flat Tops Area

Game Bird/Waterfowl

Areas for Game Bird/Waterfowl at Flat Tops Area

Viewing Wildlife

Areas for Viewing Wildlife at Flat Tops Area

Viewing Plants

Areas for Viewing Plants at Flat Tops Area

Viewing Scenery

Areas for Viewing Scenery at Flat Tops Area

OHV Road Riding

Areas for OHV Road Riding at Flat Tops Area

OHV Trail Riding

Areas for OHV Trail Riding at Flat Tops Area

Target Shooting

Areas for Target Shooting at Flat Tops Area

Interpretive Areas

Areas for Interpretive Areas at Flat Tops Area

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Areas for XC Skiing/Snowshoeing at Flat Tops Area


Areas for Snowmobiling at Flat Tops Area

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities