“Land of Many Uses”, Routt National Forest is comprised of nearly 2.9 million acres in Northwest Colorado. The most visited areas of the forest are around Steamboat Springs.
These are just a few of the things to do in Routt NF.
Buffalo Pass – Known locally as Buffs Pass, this dirt road connects Steamboat with Walden. In the summer, 2WD cars can access numerous primitive camping sites on the front side of the pass just out of Steamboat. The pass closes due to snow in the winter, but it’s still accessed for snowshoeing, snowmobiling and backcountry skiing.
Fish Creek Falls – A series of nature trails lead to a remarkable waterfall. It’s open year round, with snowshoeing and ice climbing common in winter.
Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway – A remote and picturesque, 82-mile drive through the Flat Tops Wilderness in NW Colorado. It connects Yampa and Meeker.
Hahns Peak Lake – More secluded and smaller than neighbor Steamboat Lake, Hahns Peak Lake is located north of Steamboat in Clark. Hahns Peak Lake Campground is $10 a day. Free primitive camping can be found in the surrounding Routt N.F.
Rabbit Ears Pass – Named for the rabbit-ear-shaped buttes visible from the top of the pass. Year round people use the pass for it’s great system of biking, hiking, and 4×4 trails. Primitive campsites and campgrounds are easy to find. In the winter, it’s a wonderland for snowmobiles, with lots of deep, dry snow.
Maps: Routt N.F. (shown in red) (.png)
Motor Vehicle Use Maps: Large, PDF’s from the USFS. They show forest service roads and where dispersed camping is permitted.
- Hahns Peak – Bear Ears – Hahns Peak, Clark, Steamboat Springs
- Hahns Peak – Bear Ears Inset – Hahns Peak
- Parks – Clark, Steamboat Springs, Walden
- Parks Inset – Steamboat Springs
- Yampa – Steamboat Springs, Oak Creek, Yampa
Routt Campgrounds: Reservations