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

Quick Facts

Bunker Basin Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,617 Feet (2997.8 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 829 Feet (258.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,788 Feet (2739.4 Meters) at Haley Reservoir
Length, One-way: 2.9 Miles (4.83 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Routt National Forest Map
Trail Number: 1109
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Dunkley Pass

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The Bunker Basin Trail is located about 11 miles west of Yampa, in the Dunckley Pass area. It leads from Forest Road 960 north of Sheriff Reservoir, to Haley Reservoir. The trail leads through open meadows, as well as stands of spruce/fir and aspen. Bunker Basin is extremely colorful in the fall.


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

Directions from Yampa: Follow County Road 17 northwest of Yampa 5 miles to County Road 132/Forest Road 16, the Flat Tops Scenic Byway. Go west approximately 9 1/2 miles to Forest Road 959. Go south to the trailhead, just north of Sheriff Reservoir, on the right.

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 Bunker Basin Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Bunker Basin Trail
ICON Horseback Riding

Related Activities
Chapman Reservoir Campground - Chapman Reservoir is located in the Dunckley Pass area northwest of Yampa. It sits next to Chapman Reservoir at an elevation of 9,400 feet.

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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