Routt County State Trust Lands, Wildlife Areas and Fish Unit


A black bear in the weeds
A black bear in the weeds

Routt County State Trust Lands

 
Coal Bank Gulch
Go 2.5 miles north of Hayden on CR 76
ACRES: 879
OPEN: From first day of archery elk and deer season to May 31
HUNTING: Deer, elk, mountain sharp-tailed grouse
RESTRICTIONS: hunt with archery, black powder, shotguns firing single slug, and rim fire rifles only; off county roads access is by foot or horseback only; area reserved for youth mentor hunting only (one mentor per youth only)
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Cottonwood Creek
Go north from Hayden on CR 80 for 1 mile to CR 70, then go east on CR 70 for 2.8 miles to CR 80 and follow that north for another 10.7 miles to the property.
ACRES: 640
OPEN: From first day of archery deer and elk season to May 31
HUNTING: Elk, deer, blue grouse, mountain sharp-tailed grouse
RESTRICTIONS: Mandatory check station may limit number of hunters on property to control overcrowding, resource damage or trespassing on private property; off county roads is foot or horseback access only; camping and campfires are prohibited.
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Deep Creek
Go north on CR 129 for 10 miles from Steamboat Springs. At CR 54 go west 5 miles to CR 56. Then go west and south 3 miles to CR 52W and then another 2.4 miles west (the last 2 miles are 4WD only).
ACRES: 320
OPEN: From first day of archery deer and elk season to February 28.
HUNTING: Deer, elk, grouse
RESTRICTIONS: No motor vehicles off designated roads; park only in designated areas; foot or horseback access only from designated parking areas.
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Fly Gulch - youth mentors only
Go north of Steamboat Springs on Highway 129 to CR 44. Go west on CR 44 to CR 44A, turn and go north 1 more mile.
ACRES: 460
OPEN: September 1 to February 28
HUNTING: Elk, deer, small game
RESTRICTIONS: Open for youth mentor hunting only; foot or horseback access only.
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Grassy Creek
Go east of Hayden on Highway 40 for 6 miles. At CR 27 turn and go south 6 miles. Parking is on Old Rockcastle Mine Access Road off CR 27.
ACRES: 360
OPEN: From first day of archery deer and elk season to May 31
HUNTING: Elk, deer, mountain sharp-tailed grouse
RESTRICTIONS: Foot or horseback only
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Jimmy Dunn Gulch
Go 5 miles north of Hayden on Highway 40 to CR 80, then turn and go north on CR 80 for 2.5 miles to property on west side of CR 80.
ACRES: 5,558
OPEN: Last Saturday in August to February 28
HUNTING: Big game, small game
RESTRICTIONS: Hunters may be limited through mandatory check station to control overcrowding, resource damage, and trespass on neighboring private properties; foot or horseback access only.
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King Creek
Go 1/2 mile south of Toponas on Highway 131, then turn and go west about 3 miles on CR 5 to CR 5A. Then go south 1 more mile.
ACRES: 640
OPEN: September 1 to February 28
HUNTING: Big game, small game
FISHING: Cold water stream
RESTRICTIONS: Foot or horseback access only.
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Maynard Gulch
Go 8 miles west of Hayden on Highway 40. Property is north of highway.
ACRES: 724
OPEN: From first day of archery deer and elk season to May 31
HUNTING: Elk, deer, rabbits, grouse
RESTRICTIONS: Hunters may be limited through mandatory check station to control overcrowding, resource damage or trespass on neighboring private properties; park only in designated areas; no camping or campfires; foot or horseback access only.
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Moody Creek
Take Highway 40 for 2 miles south from Steamboat Springs to Highway 131. Turn onto Highway 131 and go south to town of Yampa. Follow CR 7 southwest until it becomes FSR 900, then go 3/4 mile north.
ACRES: 640
OPEN: September 1 to February 28
HUNTING: Deer, elk
RESTRICTIONS: No hunting north of Moody Creek; foot or horseback access only
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Moonhill
Go southeast from Clark on FSR 440 to FSR 471. At FSR 471A, walk southwest into Long Draw. Go 3 miles to property. Also, corner of Moonhill next to CR 129 about 12 miles north of Highway 40 at Steamboat Springs. Parking at FSR 471A.
ACRES: 640
OPEN: September 1 to February 28
HUNTING: Deer, elk, small game
RESTRICTIONS: No hunting with center fire rifles; no motorized/mechanized vehicles allowed (including bicycles); No camping, campfires, cutting firewood allowed.
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Morrison Creek
From Oak Creek, go south 1 mile on Highway 131 to CR 14, then go 4 miles east to inlet of Stagecoach Reservoir and go south for 7 miles on CR 16. There is a private access road on the property.
ACRES: 640
OPEN: September 1 to February 28 for hunting.
HUNTING: Big game, small game
RESTRICTIONS: No motor vehicles off designated roads; foot or horseback access only
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Sage Creek
Go south of Hayden 7 miles on CR 37
ACRES: 640
OPEN: From first day of archery deer and elk season to May 31
HUNTING: Deer, elk, rabbits, blue grouse
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Sleeping Giant
Go 8 miles west of Steamboat Springs on Highway 40, then turn and go north on CR 44 to CR 46. Turn onto CR 46 and go 4 miles to signed parking area. Gate and parking area are in northwest corner of property.
ACRES: 400
OPEN: September 1 to February 28
HUNTING: Elk, deer, grouse.
RESTRICTIONS: Foot or horseback access only.
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Stokes Gulch
Go south from Hayden on CR 37 to CR 59.
ACRES: 1,863
OPEN: From first day of archery deer and elk season to May 31.
HUNTING: Elk, deer, pronghorn, waterfowl
RESTRICTIONS: Foot or horseback access only.
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Twenty Mile
From Highway 40 east of Hayden, go south on CR 27 for 6 miles.
ACRES: 1,200
OPEN: August 15 to February 28 for hunting, year round for fishing, April 1 to June 30 for watching wildlife.
HUNTING: Deer, elk, small game
RESTRICTIONS: No motor vehicles off designated roads; foot or horseback access only.
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Yampa River
Go 8 miles west of Hayden on Highway 40. Property is on south side of Highway 40. Access from Yampa River State Wildlife Area parking area.
ACRES: 2,006
OPEN: From first day of archery deer and elk season through May 31.
HUNTING: Elk, deer, rabbits, grouse
RESTRICTIONS: Access only from parking area in state wildlife area; foot or horseback access only.

 

Routt County State Wildife Areas

 
Adams
Go east on Highway 40 from Steamboat Springs to Highway 131, turn south. At CR 14 turn south again. Adams State Wildlife Area is 1/2 mile north of Stagecoach State Park.
OPEN: July 1 to November 30
RECREATION: viewing wildlife
HUNTING: Deer, elk, rabbit, blue grouse
RESTRICTIONS: No vehicles beyond the parking area; no camping or campfires; no dogs allowed, except as an aid in hunting upland birds.
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Christina
Go 7 miles north of Steamboat Springs on Elk River Road (CR 129).
FISHING: Cold water stream
RECREATION: Wildlife observation, hiking
RESTRICTIONS: No camping or fires allowed.
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Chuck Lewis
From Highway 40, go south on Highway 131 to CR 14F, then go west to CR 14F, then north to parking area.
FISHING: Cold water stream
RECREATION: Wildlife observation
RESTRICTIONS:

  • No overnight parking, camping, fires or bicycles allowed.
  • Closed from 10 PM to 4 AM.
  • No dogs allowed except in the hunting of waterfowl, or dogs aiding the disabled.
  • No big game or small game hunting allowed.
  • Waterfowl hunting allowed except within 50 yards of the bridge on CR 14F.
  • No horses allowed outside parking area.
  • Only boating allowed is float tubes designed exclusively for fishing.

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Elkhead Lake
RESTRICTIONS:

  • No boating allowed if it creates a whitewater wake north of buoy line or within 100 yards of boat ramp.
  • No camping allowed.
  • Closed within 50 feet of spillway.
  • Field trials may be authorized in February, March, August, and September only.

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Emerald Mountain
RESTRICTIONS:

  • Open July 1 to November 30.
  • Closed from 10 PM to 4 AM daily.
  • Foot or horseback access only.
  • Access restricted to easement from Chuck Lewis SWA only.
  • No fires, camping or dogs allowed.

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Indian Run
Go 12 miles southeast of Hamilton on Highway 317 to CR 67, turn and go south for 6 miles to the property.
ACRES: 2,039
HUNTING: Elk, deer, black bear, small game, blue grouse
FISHING: Cold water stream
RECREATION: Hiking, camping, wildlife observation
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Mount Werner
RESTRICTIONS: No habitat stamp required.
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Radium
Go 2 miles south of Kremmling on Highway 9 to CR 1 (the Trough Road to State Bridge), turn and go 12 miles southwest.
HUNTING: Elk, deer, small game, black bear, mountain lion, blue grouse, dove, waterfowl.
FISHING: Cold water stream
RECREATION: Rock climbing, camping, wildlife observation, snowmobiling
FACILITIES: Rest rooms
RESTRICTIONS: No hunting in designated safety zone as posted on-site.
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Rock Creek
Go 6 miles north of Kremmling on Highway 40 to Highway 134, then 12 miles west over Gore Pass to USFS Road 206, then 2.5 miles southwest.
HUNTING: Elk, deer, small game, waterfowl, blue grouse
FISHING: Coldwater stream
RECREATION: Hiking, camping, wildlife observation
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Service Creek
Go 4.5 miles south of Steamboat Springs on Highway 131 to CR 18, then turn and go 7 miles southeast.
HUNTING: Elk, deer, small game, waterfowl, blue grouse
FISHING: Cold water stream
RECREATION: Wildlife observation, hiking
FACILITIES: Rest rooms
RESTRICTIONS: Camping and campfires are not allowed except for 3 days before the beginning of regular big game seasons through 3 days after the end of regular big game seasons.
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Steamboat Springs
RESTRICTIONS: No habitat stamp required.
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Yampa River
RESTRICTIONS: No fires or camping allowed.

 

Routt County State Fish Unit

 
Finger Rock
Go 3 miles south of Yampa on Highway 131.
ACRES: 20
FISHING: Cold water pond
RECREATION: Limited tours, wildlife observation
RESTRICTIONS:

  • No fishing, fires, camping or dogs allowed.
  • No discharging of firearms or bows in safety zones as posted.
 
Elk in a meadow
Elk in a meadow
 

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