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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests > Yampa Ranger District

Quick Facts

Sand Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,520 Feet (2967.6 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
High Point: 10,480
Length, One-way: 7 Miles (11.67 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1123
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Orno Peak; Sand Point; Dunkley Pass

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General Description

The Sand Creek Trail is located west of Yampa. It leads from the Bear River Valley just north of Yamcolo Reservoir, to Sheriff Reservoir, south of Dunckley Pass. It is accessed on the south end from Forest Road 906, and on the north end from Forest Road 959.


As humans, we must minimize our impacts to help preserve this resource for present and future generations.

Directions from Yampa: To the Bear River end: Follow County Road 7 southwest of Yampa to Forest Road 900, continuing on to Yamcolo Reservoir. Just after crossing the dam, go right on Forest Road 906 and follow to the trailhead on Coal Creek.To the Sheriff Reservoir end: Travel W/NW on County Rd 17 approximately 5 miles to County Road 132/FH 16. Turn left and go about 9 miles to FDR 959/960. Go south on FDR 959/960 about 3 miles to Sheriff Reservoir. The trail is on the left at the north end of the reservoir.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Seasons may vary depending on snow depth and weather.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Sand Creek Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Sand Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Sand Creek Trail

Related Activities
Bear River Designated Dispersed Campground - The Bear River Designated Dispersed Campground consists of 32 sites spread out along 10 miles of the Bear River Valley southwest of Yampa.

Sawtooth Trail - The Sawtooth Trail is located in the Flat Tops, west of Yampa. It is accessed only by the Sand Creek Trail and leads to the headwaters of Trout Creek.

Sheriff's Reservoir Campground - Sheriff's Reservoir is a small campground in the Dunckley Pass area northwest of Yampa. It sits adjacent to Sheriff's Reservoir at an elevation of 9,800 feet.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Yampa Ranger District, 300 Roselawn Ave., P.O. Box 7 , Yampa, CO, 80483, Phone: 970-638-4516, Fax: 970-638-4635


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