Wagon wheels and ore cars are two symbols of the area's rich history. Stagecoaches traveled over Yellow Jacket Pass, now County Road 14, on their way to Oak Creek or Steamboat Springs. The fertile upper Yampa Valley attracted early ranchers, farmers and coal miners. Many of the reservoir's campgrounds and picnic areas are named after early coal mines and mining camps. The valley also attracted land developers, who visualized a resort community in the area. Today, visitors to Stagecoach Reservoir enjoy a variety of recreational activities.

Located in the lower elevation of the river valley, native grasses, shrubs and flowering plants are the dominant vegetation types in the park. Visitors enjoy views of the Flat Top mountains to the southwest, and to the north, the cliff face of Blacktail mountain.

Built as a water storage facility, the three mile long reservoir hosts fishing, hiking, boating and camping. Stagecoach Reservoir is known for its fast growing, hard fighting rainbow trout, and the occasional brown or brook trout. The reservoir is also known for its large northern pike. Other amenities include a reservable group picnic area, a five-mile hiking/biking trail, a marina concession and an interpretive wetlands trail. Winter time activities include cross-country skiing and ice fishing. Snowmobiling is allowed on the reservoir, but only below the high water line.

Stagecoach State Park Map

American White Pelicans Stagecoach State Reservoir: 780 surface acres, 33,275 acre-feet total capacity
Dedicated: August 12, 1989
Rivers: Yampa River and Little Morrison, Middle, Taylor and Martin creeks
Trails: Wetlands Trail, Pinnacle Peak Trail, Lakeview Trail, Elk Run Trail, Tail Waters Trail
Recreation: Swim area, marina, campgrounds, fishing, boating, hiking
Animals: Includes elk, deer, rabbits
Fish: Includes rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, northern pike
Birds: Includes American White Pelican, Prairie Falcon, Common Raven, Golden Eagle, Mountain Bluebird, Lesser Scaup
Plant Life: Includes oak brush, sage, aspen, cattails
Main Access: County Road 14 east from State Highway 131 between Phippsburg and Oak Creek

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