Buffalo Pass

Total Miles


3145.89 ft


1 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Conveniently located just outside of Steamboat Springs, this is a comfortable ride with great hiking, mountain biking, fishing and camping options. Unlicensed vehicles are allowed on all roads, as well as the single-track south from the pass. The trail is shared with mountain bikers and hikers, and horseback riders so please be respectful. Higher roads open July 1 through December 1, and extended for snowmobiles.


Easy. 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.


This road was once an important route between Steamboat Springs and Walden. It now serves as a quiet backcountry getaway to Forest owers. Service campgrounds and

Technical Rating


Access Description

From Highway 40 in downtown Steamboat Springs, turn northeast on 3rd Street. Go one block and turn right on Fish Creek Falls Road. After 0.3 mile, turn left on Amethyst Drive. Follow this winding road north 1.7 miles until it joins Strawberrry Park Road, C.R. 36. Continue north less than a mile and turn right on County Road 38. Continue east another 3.3 miles to second parking lot on right across from entrance to Dry Lake Campground. Unlicensed vehicles can stage here.