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Buffalo Pass

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Location Steamboat Springs, CO
Rating Easy,
Length 7.7mi
Time 1hr

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Easy road east of Steamboat Springs climbs to forest campground.

A relaxing summer getaway just outside Steamboat Springs. Dispersed camping is allowed along the entire route plus there are two Forest Service campgrounds on the main route. Popular area for hiking, mountain biking and fishing. Abundant seasonal wildflowers. Although unlicensed vehicles are allowed on all roads, a serious rider will find little challenge. A single track trail that heads south from the pass is shared by dirt bikes, hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. Lower elevation roads open in mid June and upper roads July 1. No motorized vehicles after Dec. 1, except snowmobiles.


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Gentle grades and relatively smooth conditions. Four-wheel drive helpful, but not necessary when road is dry. Early-season conditions may be muddy from melting snow.






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(970) 870-2299Routt N.F., Hahns Peak Bears Ears R.D.

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Submitted by Mike
All gates open from Steamboat. Yes, a Green road, but significant ruts, large rocks, and a washboard. Fun stuff for blue, but not a cruiser… and I have a Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.
Make sure to hike to several of the lakes at the top!

Submitted by Bonnie
The upper gate (#3) was closed preventing access to the summit from Steamboat Springs. The road is rutted with holes and large rocks, washboard ridges causing slow going.

Submitted by Mike
This was a great run and I’m so glad I took time to do it on the way from Las Vegas back to Oklahoma. I did it in a stock Tacoma TRD off-road. When traveling from Jacob Lake down to the Hwy 89A intersection, I never even put it in 4wd. The roads were obviously not off-traveled but had no major issues or encumbrances. The Jacob Lake area of the trail is amazing as are the views from the ridgeline part of the drive. I think it’d be more fun to travel from east to west as is in the guide because the steep hills would be fun to climb. I did not encounter another vehicle the entire trip and would love to have explored many of the side roads. I stopped on the ridge and had a quick lunch in the back of my truck parked under a small bit of shade. The views of the Vermillion Cliffs that line Hwy 89A were amazing. I highly recommend this relatively quick route and will enjoy doing it from east to west next time I’m in the area. It’s also a good way to scope out some great campsites on BLM land near Jacob Lake.


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