Flat Tops Area

Area Status: Open

The Flat Tops area is managed by the Yampa Ranger District, and consists mainly of its' namesake Wilderness and surrounding recreation sites. The Bear River corridor, Chapman and Sheriff Reservoirs, and Dunckley Pass are popular locations. Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway, County Road 8, runs through the northern portion of this area.

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 Trappers 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

Information Center: Yampa Ranger District
300 Roselawn St
Yampa, CO 80483


Mountain Biking

Gore Pass Bike Trail

Areas for Mountain Biking at Flat Tops Area

Road Cycling

Areas for Road Cycling at Flat Tops Area

Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping at Flat Tops Area

Group Camping

Areas for Group Camping at Flat Tops Area

Dispersed Camping

Areas for Dispersed Camping at Flat Tops Area

Cabin Rentals

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

Scenic Driving

Areas for Scenic Driving at Flat Tops Area

Boating - Motorized

Areas for Boating - Motorized at Flat Tops Area

Boating - Non-Motorized

Areas for Boating - Non-Motorized 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