Dunckley Pass Winter/Hiking Trails Trailhead

Area Status: Open
Near Dunckley trailhead

Dunckley Pass offers winter opportunities such as snowmobiling, Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding. To see where motorized vehicle use is authorized, see the Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) for the districts you are interested in.

FREE DETAILED WINTER TRAIL MAP/BROCHURES: Available at the Yampa Ranger Station, or by calling to have one mailed to you at 970.638.4516.
These trail guide maps are also available in the kiosk outside of the Ranger Station after hours and on weekends.

The Winter Trails on Dunckley Pass are located 11 miles from downtown Yampa

  • Directions from Yampa: Follow CTY Rd 17 to CTY Rd 132 (follow all signs pointing to Dunckley Pass). Snowmobiling parking and staging area is just past mile marker 70, where the road is no longer plowed. From here snowmobilers can park, stage and ride onto the forest. No passenger vehicles can get past this point due to the snow.  

    NOTE to Snowmobilers: Dunckley Pass does not have groomed trails or a trail system. The road is commonly rode and offers many meadows along side of the road. Popular destinations for riders is Chapman Reservoir and the West Fish Creek (un-groomed trail) which is approximately a 30 minute snowmobile ride from the staging area. These 2 areas are marked with signs along the road.) One mile into West Fish Creek leads to a large meadow and other back country areas.
    *There must be a minimum of 12 inches of snow to operate snowmobiles on the forest.

    CAUTION: Riders, please watch your speed and be courteous to Dog Sledders in the Dunckley Pass/Flat Tops area.

This trailhead is the access point for the following hiking/ski/snowshoe trails: Aspen Flats Loop, Spronks Creek Loop, Chapman Cut-off Loop, Crosho Lake Trail, the Long Run and the Bench. The level of these trails are considered easy to moderate and are lined with Aspen trees. The shortest loop on this trail is the Aspen Flats Loop and takes approximately 1.5 hrs to complete the entire loop by snowshoe.

More on the trail descriptions for each of these routes can be found on this website or by stopping into the Yampa Ranger Station.   view map

Georeferenced map for Avenza here: Map

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Locating the snowshoe/cross country ski winter trailhead can easily be overlooked as the Trailhead sign sits slightly off the road, but begins just prior to the snowmobile parking staging area. Where the road ends, make a U-turn and drive approximately 50 yards until see the trail head sign to your right.  Here you can park and begin cross country skiing or snowshoeing. (no snowmobiles or ATVs allowed on this trail) 
*Shortly into your hike you will come across a gate, go around the gate and continue on the trail. (this gate is to ensure no motorized vehicles access the trail)

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open year round 
For questions call the Yampa Ranger District 970-638-4516
Rentals & Guides: Nearest snowmobile and other equipment rentals are available in Steamboat Springs, CO
Fees: No Fee
Permit Info: No Permit Required
Open Season: Late November - Varies; As late as Mid-May
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Yampa, Colorado - 11 miles
Oak Creek, Colorado - 10 miles
Steamboat Springs, CO - 27 miles
Kremmling, CO - 28 miles
Water: No
Restroom: No
Information Center: Yampa Ranger Station 970.638.4516 (or outdoor kiosk also available for information after hours and weekends)

General Information


The trailhead is 11 miles from Yampa by following County Road 17 to County Road 132; 10 miles from Oak Creek by following County Road 25 to County Road 132; and 8 miles from Phippsburg by following County Road 15 to County Road 132.

From Steamboat Springs follow US 40 east to Hwy 131 south, proceed via Oak Creek, Phippsburg or Yampa.


Parking is available along the county road adjacent to the trailhead.

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