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

Quick Facts

Ute Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,385 Feet (2925.5 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 562 Feet (175.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,947 Feet (3100.7 Meters)
Length, One-way: 6.5 Miles (10.83 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Routt National Forest Map
TI Topo Maps: #122 Flat Tops NE, Trappers Lake
Trail Number: 1110
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Orno Peak

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The Ute Trail is located southwest of Yampa in the Bear River Area. The trailhead is along Forest Road 900, just east of Yamcolo Reservoir. The trail leads from the Bear River, north to Bull Park Reservoir and Heart Lake. In addition to foot and horseback travel, it is also open for ATV use.


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

Directions from Yampa: Travel S/SW on County Rd 7 to for approximately 7 miles to FDR 900. Follow FDR 900 for about 4.5 miles to the trailhead located on the north side of the road, about a mile east of the Yamcolo Reservoir Dam.

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

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Paul (Denver, CO)
Time of Day: Noon
Length of Time: 1.5 hrs
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I First hiked in on foot in 1976. Mother and Father first hiked in 1960. Most recent trip in 2007 on ATV. Toughest Part: cross slope trail thru aspens on ATV. No one on the trail. Stayed on the trail all the way to Heart Lake. Landmark? Moody Creek is also the best place for lunch. Suggestions? Going in on ATV, pack heavy items on left side.
Conditions: No snow. Dry conditions, trail eroding due to heavy ATV usage and weather.
Water Availability: A good water source about 2 miles from the lake, spring coming out of the mountain. Use water filter just in case.
Recommended Clothing: Light weight clothing for trip. Bring rain gear and sun sun protection
Suggested Accessories: Fly fishing rod, float tube, camera. Metal detector, looking for remnants of 1930's fishing lodge.

Filed By: M.WAIDA (Aurora, co)
Time of Day: all times
Length of Time: Avg.-35 mins
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: When wet,lots of mud and wet roots-big workout.When dry,much easier.The reason to go there is fishing at heart lake.
Water Availability: water everywhere

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Ute Trail
ICON Fishing area lakes and streams
ICON Hiking & Walking Ute Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Ute Trail
ICON ATV Riding Ute Trail

Related Activities
Bear Lake Campground - Bear Lake Campground is located 14 miles southwest of Yampa in the Bear River area, at an elevation of 9,600 feet. It has 29 campsites

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.

Gardner Park Recreation Area - Gardner Park Reservoir Recreation Area offers dispersed camping, fishing, a handicapped accessible interpretive trail, hiking and mountain biking. It is located in the Bear River area southwest of Yampa, at an elevation of 10,200 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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