Ripple Creek Pass

Ripple Creek Pass, a road with lakes, mountains and meadows all around

Ripple Creek Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.158m (10,360ft) above the sea level, located in Rio Blanco County, in the U.S. state of Colorado.

Located within the White River National Forest, in northwestern Colorado, the road to the summit is called County Road 8 (former SH 132). It’s mostly unpaved. Both ends are paved for a number of miles and the middle part is a well-maintained gravel road. You may not have cell service at many points on the road. The drive is very scenic with lakes, mountains and meadows all around.

The pass is 97.36km (60.5 miles) long, running west-east from Buford (in Rio Blanco County) to Yampa (in Routt County). The drive features steep sections. Be prepared for afternoon thunderstorms. The road is also known as Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway. This road is not plowed in the winter (it’s usually plowed around Memorial Day and stays open until around Thanksgiving).

 

NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.