A stop on the Dinosaur Diamond Scenic and Historic Byway — a 512-mile route that showcases traces of prehistoric dinosaurs — Rangely offers high desert adventures near the Utah border in the far northwest corner of Colorado.
Whether you’re looking to do some big game hunting (there’s primo trophy-hunting grounds right outside of town) or making a stop on a longer journey, Rangely invites visitors to stop and explore.
Enjoy nine holes at Cedar Ridges Golf Course, or plan a picnic in Elks Park, where picnic pavilions with grills, expansive sports fields, a children’s play area cater and plush recreation center cater to families. A great place to cool off in the summer is Kenney Reservoir, 5 miles to the east; boating, fishing and swimming are all permitted.
Rangely has a fascinating past waiting to be uncovered. One of the nation’s largest oil fields is located outside of the town, which was also a Ute trading post, and later, ranchers' territory. Learn more at the Rangely Outdoor Museum, where you can take a self-guided tour of prehistoric rock art from the Ute and Fremont Culture tribes.
Visitors can also admire a collection of old and rare vehicles at the Rangely Automotive Museum or experience a one-of-a-kind sonic environment at The TANK Center for Sonic Arts, a concert hall that lived its former life as a steel water tank from the steam engine age.
The wide-open spaces and country roads that surround Rangely beckon hikers, bikers and OHV enthusiasts, while the impressively dark night skies and peaceful ambiance welcome solitude-seekers and stargazers.