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Small-Town Treasures in Northwest Colorado

Rangely, Craig, Meeker, Dinosaur and Walden hold court in Colorado's northwest, where Wild West history, niche museums, rugged wildlife and an incredible diversity of scenery await visitors ready to soak it all up on a leisurely road trip.

Sustainability Activity

How to Give Back to These Special Places

Assist with design, construction, and maintenance of trails in State Forest State Park in Walden. Perform as crew member or crew leader on trail construction. renovation and maintenance. Design or install trail signage. Participate in prearranged trail or maintenance days. Or volunteer with Colorado Parks and Wildlife's trailwork projects. 

Day 1

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Wyman Living History Museum

The Wyman Museum was founded by Lou Wyman. The dream started in 1949 in Elk Springs, Colorado. While Lou was filling up a water barrel for his sheep…

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Gino's Neighborhood Pizzeria & Grill

Specializing in Italian cuisine including sandwiches, pizza and pasta. Dine-in or delivery

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Museum of Northwest Colorado

With one of the finest collections of Old West firearms in the country, this museum is frequently mentioned as one of Colorado's best. From dinosaurs,…

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Carelli's Italian Restaurant

Italian dishes, pizza, subs, calzones and Stromboli. Fast lunch service or eat-in dining.

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Elkhead Reservoir State Park

West of Steamboat Springs near Craig, the scenic 900 acre reservoir offers a great warm water fishery, 15 basic camp sites, beaches, boat ramp and  great…

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Candlewood Suites-Craig Northwest Colorado

Explore Where the West Runs Wild in Northwest Colorado's Sandwash Basin, Dinosaur National Monument or come experience the Great American Horse Drive…

Day 2

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Main Street Cafe

Strong cups of coffee, steak and eggs, cinnamon rolls, lunch menu and more.

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Colorado Welcome Center at Dinosaur

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Knowledgeable volunteers greet visitors to Colorado with area and statewide information. Pick up complimentary…

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Picnic at Plug Hat Trail Overlook at Dinosaur National Monument

Pack a picnic and head to this beautiful overlook off Harpers Corner Road, five miles north of the Canyon Visitor Center (photo credit: NPS).

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Dinosaur National Monument

At Dinosaur National Monument, explore craggy hills, discover fragments of a long ago world where the largest land creatures of all time once roamed…

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California Wok

Terrific food for dine in or take out. Spicy or mild, there is a flavor for everyone.

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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 the…

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Blue Mountain Inn & Suites

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

Day 3

Insider's Tip

Morning Fuel

Wake up to a complimentary continental breakfast featuring cereal, breakfast sandwiches, yogurt, coffee and more during your stay at Blue Mountain Inn & Suites in Rangely.

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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 with…

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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,…

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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 The…

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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 with…

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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 least-traveled…

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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's…

Day 4

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Meeker Hotel & Cafe

A more than 115-year-old Meeker landmark, many notable celebrities have satisfied their appetites at the Meeker Hotel's cafe, including Billy the Kid…

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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 clothing,…

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Blanco Cellars & The Little Cheese Shop

Better Booze & Cheese for the Back County! An Artisan Wine, Craft Spirits, Specialty Beer, Sake & Cider shop specializing in small production,…

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Milk Creek Battlefield Park

The Battle of Milk Creek was the last and longest of the Indian Wars. It occurred on the northern boundary of the Ute Reservation over a week's time…

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Laundry

Located in a historical brick building -the original Steamboat Dry Cleaning & Pressing, The Laundry is serving up locally sorced small plates.  Enjoy…

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Storm Peak Brewing Company

We're a family of beer freaks, music lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts. We think the best way to share our passions is through a common language; Beer…

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Chalet Val d'Isere

Chalet Val d'Isere is a warm and lovely traditional mountain home, the perfect getaway for every season, located in Ski Town, USA and BikeTown, USA…

Day 5

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The Colorado Bagel Co.

Mountain Style bagels made with Colorado water baked fresh daily! We have been Steamboat Spring's favorite bagel shop since 1993. We offer a variety…

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Fish Creek Falls

Clear and fresh high alpine water roars down Fish Creek Canyon, spilling over the magnificent 280-ft Fish Creek Falls, one of the most popular destinations…

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Old Town Pub & Restaurant

The Boat's best bet for a comfortable yet upbeat vibe, happy hour, full bar and live entertainment. OTP all day, everyday.

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The BARley Colorado Craft & Draft

The BARley is a celebration of the heritage of what happens before the beer, wine and spirits are made. With 30 beers on tap, a locally sourced food…

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Table 79 Foodbar

Your table is waiting! It's the table with the best view of the action. A front-row seat to the kitchen.

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Cache La Poudre/North Park - Scenic And Historic Byway

Follow the Cache la Poudre river as you drive this scenic byway that connects Fort Collins to North Park.

lodging

North Park Inn & Suites

Newest lodging. Pillow-top beds, 32" flat screen, HBO, hand crafted log furniture, table/chairs, fridge/micro/coffee, guest laundry, on-site trailer…

Day 6

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River Rock Cafe

Where the world eats and greets on Main Street!

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North Park Pioneer Museum

Housed in a cabin built in 1883, the museum's exhibits showcase the region's mining, logging, ranching and farming heritage.

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River Rock Cafe

Where the world eats and greets on Main Street!

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State Forest State Park

The ultimate in rugged Colorado wilderness, 71,000 acres of forest, jagged peaks and alpine lakes. Features 158 campsites and 15 cabins and yurts are…

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River Rock Cafe

Where the world eats and greets on Main Street!

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Hike the Lake Agnes Trail

Soak up terrific mountain views on this about 2-mile roundtrip hike in State Forest State Park (photo credit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife). Lake Agnes…

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North Park Inn & Suites

Newest lodging. Pillow-top beds, 32" flat screen, HBO, hand crafted log furniture, table/chairs, fridge/micro/coffee, guest laundry, on-site trailer…

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