05 Feb Five Unexpected Winter Adventures in Meeker and Rangely
There’s more to Colorado winters than cramped ski towns buzzing with tourists. Rio Blanco County is a mecca for year-round outdoor recreation and is sure to provide a unique winter experience beyond the slopes.
Just a few hours drive from the Front Range, you’ll find the historic towns of Meeker and Rangely, Colorado. Nestled at the doorstep of the Flat Tops Wilderness, White River National Forest and spanning to the Utah border, you’ll find the winter escape you’ve been dreaming of.
1. SNOWMOBILE IN HUNDREDS OF MILES OF UNTOUCHED POWDER. Snowmobilers, don’t wait for your turn or spend time dodging other riders. Find fresh, pure powder in Rio Blanco County. There are over 178 miles of public lands trails, take your pick!
2. SOAK IN THE SUN ON CROSS-COUNTRY SKIS OR SNOWSHOES
On any winter day, soak up some sun and snow with a trek on snowshoes or cross-country skis on one of the County’s many public lands trails. Moonlight skis are a common event and a truly amazing experience.
3. ICE FISH IN TROPHY WINNING WATERS If you just can’t get enough fishing done in the summer months, visit Lake Avery, Kenney Reservoir or Rio Blanco Lake throughout the winter. Both are easily accessible from Meeker or Rangely. There are also hundreds of miles of rivers and streams to fish if you prefer!
4. TAKE A RIDE ON A DOG SLED. Most years, when the weather is right, Meeker hosts a sled and skijor race brought to you by the Rocky Mountain Sled Dog Club. Or if you’d rather, dog sled right into a cozy winter cabin at places such as Ripple Creek Lodge. This is a great experience for new or experienced mushers!
5. ENJOY A COZY CABIN ESCAPE. Looking for the ultimate escape from it all? Take a few days and stay in one of several historic cabins in Rio Blanco County. Spend the day exploring the mountains and arrive at your cabin for a quiet cozy evening. Bring your own meals or visit one of the nearby Lodges for a steak dinner and campfire treat.
Colorado’s growth in tourism has been astounding and it’s becoming harder and harder to find a quiet escape. Rio Blanco County is one of the few places left in Colorado with the breathtaking scenery, snowy mountains and unlimited amount of activities without the crowds.