Flat Tops Area


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The Flat Tops area is managed by the Yampa Ranger District and is located in Yampa, CO (27 miles from Steamboat Springs. The Flat Tops offer many recreation opportunities for all seasons. These include camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, snowshoeing, scenic drives, picnics, horseback riding and snowmobiling.

The Yampa Ranger District offers 9 developed campgrounds.

  • Bear Lake Campground - $20 per night
  • Cold Springs Campground - $20 per night
  • Horseshoe Campground - $20 per night
  • Blacktail Creek Campground - $20 per night (located in Gore Pass area/HWY 134)
  • Lynx Pass Campground - $20 per night (located in Gore Pass area/HWY 134)
  • Chapman Reservoir Campground - $20 per night (Located in the Dunckley Pass Area CTY Rd 8)
  • Sheriff Reservoir Campground - $20 per night (Located in the Dunckley Pass Area CTY Rd 8)
  • Vaughan Lake Campground - $20 per night (Located in the Dunckley Pass Area CTY Rd 8)
  • Bear River Corridor (Forest Service Road 900) offers "designated" dispersed sites outside of the campgrounds for $10 per night. 


There are many opportunities for dispersed camping. To see dispersed camping areas please refer to our Motor Vehicle Use Map by clicking here Motor Vehicle Use Maps which will show all Forest Service roads that offer dispersed camping. Campers can set up their camp up to 300 feet off the road.

The area offers many opportunities for fishermen, canoes, paddle boards, kayaks and accomodates mostly non-motarized boats.

  • Bear Lake Reservoir
  • Yamcolo Reservoir
  • Stillwater Reservoir
  • Crosho Lake
  • Allen Basin
  • Chapman Reservoir
  • Sheriff Reservoir
  • Vaughan Lake - (Not recommended for fishing)


The Scenic Byway known as the "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. 

The 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

Current Conditions: Summer Trailheads and Campgrounds are typically accessible from June-November. Access is limited in the winter. For up to date conditions, contact the Yampa Ranger District. 
Reservations: No Reservations accepted, everything is first come first served basis on the Yampa Ranger District
Restrictions: Please review Wilderness Information and Regulations for the Flat Tops Wilderness.
Information Center: Yampa Ranger District
970-638-4516
300 Roselawn St
Yampa, CO 80483

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Mountain Biking

Non-Motarized Bicycles are allowed on the following trails: Sand Creek #1123, Bunker Basin #1109, West Fish Creek Trail #1098, Teepee Creek #1173, Morrison Divide Muddy Slide #1174

ATV's, E-bikes and OHV's under 50 inches wide are allowed on the following trails: Morrison Divide Muddy Slide #1174, West Fish Creek Trail #1098, and Ute Trail #1110.

Areas for Mountain Biking at Flat Tops Area

Campground Camping

No Cabin rentals available on the Yampa Ranger District

Areas for Campground Camping at Flat Tops Area

Group Camping

Bear Lake Campground offers a few group sites: Double sites are $30, Triple sites are $40

Dispersed Camping

No Cabins offered for rent on the Yampa Ranger District. 

See campgrounds for a list of our campgrounds that can accomodate tents/Trailers/Rv's and Campers.

To see dispersed camping areas please refer to our Motor Vehicle Use Map by clicking here Motor Vehicle Use Maps which will show all Forest Service roads that offer dispersed camping. Campers can set up their camp up to 300 feet off the road.

Areas for Dispersed Camping at Flat Tops Area

Big Game Hunting

Big Game Hunting is very popular in the Gore Pass Area, Dunckley Pass Area and the Bear Corridoor area. Please refer to Colorado Parks and Wildlife for licenses, tags, and regulations.

Areas for Big Game Hunting at Flat Tops Area

Viewing Scenery

Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway: Accessible by regular passenger car, no 4WD needed. Runs from Yampa to Meeker.

Bear River Corridor: Out and back drive, 17 miles one way. Accessible by regular passenger car, no 4WD needed.

Areas for Viewing Scenery at Flat Tops Area

OHV Trail Riding

Lynx Pass Campground is popular among ATV riders as it is located close to the Morrison Divide Muddy Slide motarized trail #1174. OHV's must be under 50 inches wide.

Other Motarized trails that can accomodate E-bikes, ATV's and OHV's under 50 inches wide include: West Fish Creek Trail #1098, Ute Trail #1110, Morrison Divide Muddy Slide #1174.

Areas for OHV Trail Riding at Flat Tops Area

Interpretive Areas

Areas for Interpretive Areas at Flat Tops Area

Picnicking

Dunckley Pass Picnic Site - Free

Bear Lake Day Use Area - Free

Areas for Picnicking at Flat Tops Area

Scenic Driving

Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway: Accessible by regular passenger car, no 4WD needed. Runs from Yampa to Meeker.

Bear River Corridor: Out and back drive, 17 miles one way. Accessible by regular passenger car, no 4WD needed.

Areas for Scenic Driving at Flat Tops Area

Boating - Non-Motorized

Bear Lake Reservoir, Stillwater Reservoir, Crosho Lake, Vaughan Lake, Chapman Reservoir, Sheriff Reservoir, Red Dirt Reservoir. (Can accomodate kayaks, canoes, inflatables and non-motarized boats)

Areas for Boating - Non-Motorized at Flat Tops Area

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing: Available on our Winter Trail off CTY Rd 8 near Dunckley Pass

Areas for XC Skiing/Snowshoeing at Flat Tops Area

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is popular in the Gore Pass Area, Dunckley Pass Area, and the Bear Corridor Area. Please note: There are no maintained or groomed trail systems.

Areas for Snowmobiling at Flat Tops Area

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities