Flattops Wilderness Area
This is one of Colorado’s true wilderness areas. It’s located in the southern section of the Routt National Forest at elevations that range from 8,000 to over 11,000 feet. No motorized vehicles of any kind are allowed in wilderness areas. Travel is by foot or on horseback. Day temperatures range from 70 to 95 degrees, while nights are chilly, with temperatures averaging between 30 and 50 degrees. Rain showers and thunderstorms are common and occasionally, we experience hail or a snowstorm. We go prepared for it all.
A leisurely two-hour horseback ride from the trailhead brings you to our base camp. It’s nestled among the pines next to a clear, mountain stream. Days consist of riding (or hiking) to Devils Causeway or China Wall, to one of the mountain lakes, or to one of the larger streams for picnicking or fishing. You can just sit around camp and kick back, pitch horseshoesand fish right from camp. Evenings we like to relax – sitting around an open campfire and watching the heavens so full of stars and oh… so close.
Fishing is very good – primarily Cutthroat Trout, a few Brook Trout and an occasional Golden Trout – up to 3 lbs. – flies and worms work best (some lures).