Flat Tops Wilderness: Meeker & Rangely

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For 82 scenic miles, Colorado's Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway winds its way through lush river valleys, skirts the bountiful Flat Tops Wilderness and tours some of the state's least traveled roads, as well as two delightful Wild West towns.

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Sustainability Activity
Travel Like a Local

There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.

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Yampa River Fishing Photo
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Flat Tops Trail - Scenic and Historic Byway

Winding its way through lush river valleys, the Flat Tops Trail byway skirts the bountiful Flat Tops Wilderness, climbs over two of the state's…

Lunch
Mount-N-Frame

Mount-N-Frame is a custom frame shop that carries a variety of posters, watercolor prints and photographs of Vail and the surrounding area.  Also…

Insider's Tip
Hang Out After Lunch

Stick around after your lunch at Trappers Lake Lodge and go horseback riding. The trail boss will guide you up to the top of the Flat Tops Wilderness where the expansive views will take your breath away.

Activity
Ripple Creek Lodge

Ripple Creek Lodge is a historic resort/guest ranch located at the halfway point of the Flat Tops Scenic Byway. We offer trial rides,…

Insider's Tip
More Adventure at Ripple Creek Lodge

Head over to Ripple Creek Lodge in Meeker. Spend the time before dinner fishing their backcountry streams, have dinner at the lodge and settle in for a cozy night in their vacation cabins.

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2
Breakfast
Meeker Hotel & Cafe

In remote Northwest Colorado hides a community of a couple thousand people. The trout-filled White River flows through town and Northwest Colorado…

Activity
White River Museum

White River Museum, housed in 1880s U.S. Army officer quarters, showcases early pioneers and the stories and artifacts they left behind, including…

Lunch
Ma Famiglia Restaurant

Our purpose is to provide you with the best value, quality and consistency in food preparation and service. Our restaurant has come a full circle…

Activity
Rangely Automotive Museum

Classic automotive museum with very rare autos and motorcycles from the early 1900's. The curator has an amazing ability to bring each car to life…

Dinner
El Agave Mexican Restaurant

We provide authentic Mexican food with one goal in mind, to bring you the best, most original flavors from our home in Mexico for breakfast, lunch…

Activity
Fishing or Swimming at Kenny Reservoir

The lake contains approximately 13,800 acre-feet of water, allowing plenty of room for water skiers and fishing. The south side of the lake contains two swim areas and the docks are seldom crowded.

Lodging
Blue Mountain Inn & Suites
The Blue Mountain Inn & Suites, Rangely, Colorado's newest hotel.
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Breakfast
Main Street Cafe
Strong cups of coffee, steak and eggs, cinnamon rolls, lunch menu and more.
Activity
Rangely Outdoor Museum
The Rangely Outdoor Museum has three historical buildings that house exhibits from dinosaurs to drilling and the pre-historical Fremont peoples to…
Lunch
California Wok
Terrific food for dine in or take out. Spicy or mild, there is a flavor for everyone.
Activity
Canyon Pintado National Historic District

The Canyon Pintado National Historic District includes hundreds of archaeological sites, most deriving from the Fremont Culture(c. AD 0_1300) and…

Dinner
Giovanni's Italian Grill

Established in 2003, Giovanni's uses their time-tested recipes to create mouth-watering homemade sauces, pizza dough, Italian meatballs, and…

Activity
The TANK, Center for Sonic Arts

A sonic wonder, a seven-story steel water tank with a deep reverb, longer and richer than the Taj Mahal's. For Open Saturdays, 9am-1pm, experience…

Lodging
Blue Mountain Inn & Suites
The Blue Mountain Inn & Suites, Rangely, Colorado's newest hotel.