The Yampa area offers miles of trails. These trails offer a variety of opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and in the winter, cross-country skiing. Trails can be found in both wilderness and non-wilderness areas. Several of the trails are open to motorized travel such as ATVs. The Rock Creek area has some trails which are being developed as a mountain biking area. Contact the Yampa Ranger District for the current status of these trails.
The Forest Service administers all the area campgrounds, which have varying levels of service. The designated campsites lie mostly in the Bear River area, off Forest Road 900; in the Dunckley Pass area, off Forest Highway 16; or in the Gore Pass area, off Colorado Highway 134. Backcountry and dispersed camping opportunities also exist in the Yampa area. When camping outside of designated campgrounds, be sure to follow the backcountry and dispersed camping regulations, and 'Leave No Trace' principles to ensure the next visitor an equal experience.
The Flat Tops Scenic Byway runs from Yampa to Meeker. It is a designated State and National Forest Scenic Byway. Most of the byway is gravel road which is not maintained in the winter months, however, the road does make an excellent Winter Scenic Byway and is open to snowmobile and cross-country ski use.
The Yampa District is popular for big-game hunting. The Routt National Forest manages the habitat on National Forest lands. The Colorado Division of Wildlife manages the animals and sets the seasons, limits and regulations for hunting.
Popular winter recreation activities include cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The Dunckley Pass Cross--Country Ski Trails offer miles of marked ski trails in a scenic area west of Yampa. Great snowmobiling exists on many of the roads which are not maintained for vehicle travel in the winter months and in other non-wilderness portions of the area. Remember, snowmobiles are not permitted in designated wilderness areas.