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Meeker, Colorado is a gateway city to the Flat Tops Wilderness Area and a great place for a fishing or hunting trip.Located on the north shore of the White River, Meeker is legendary for its outdoor recreation. Trek across the beautiful Flat Tops or catch your dinner in the White River Valley to really get to know the area.
Read below for more information on things to do in Meeker and the Flat Tops Wilderness Area.
Fishing is one of the most important activities in the area. Meeker’s location on the White River gives it a privileaged spot for anglers. There are also several lakes in the area that are accessible by car:
This is a manmade lake that is 20 miles east of Meeker. It is seldom overfished and is normally the catching is great. Mornings and late evenings are the best times to go.
This lake is about 35 miles from Meeker, off Buford/Newcastle Road. The season runs from late June until it gets snowed in the following fall/winter. The spot is beautiful, with great fly-fishing opportunities in the inlet and bait fishing near the dam area.
Catch the native cutthroat trout here in this fly-fisherman’s paradise. No motorized boats are allowed. The lake itself is a short hike from the parking area, which is about 50 miles east of Meeker on County Road 8.
This lake is about 53 miles from Meeker on the scenic byway (County Road 8), just over Ripple Creek Pass. There is a campground in an Aspen Grove if you want to extend your fishing trip.
Meeker has always been a hunting center. Theodore Roosevelt visited the area on a mountain lion hunting trip during his presidency. He stayed at the historic Hotel Meeker on the trip. Today, hunters look for elk, deer and antelope.
The Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway is an 80 trip from Meeker to Yampa, Colorado. The road takes you past forests and lakes, mountain streams and stunning geological formations in the White River and Routt National Forests.
HIKING IN THE FLAT TOPS WILDERNESS AREA
There are well over 100 miles of hiking trails in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. Here are a few of the most popular routes:
A popular hike that is usually reached by taking the East Fork Trail that begins at the Stillwater Reservoir near Yampa.
This pass is at the top of the Mandall Pass Trail that starts at the Yampa Reservoir. Take the East Fork Trail then climb across one of the Flat Tops to Mandall Pass and down the trail.
This loop is north of Dotsero, Colorado near the Sweetwater Reservoir. It starts at Shingle Peak Trail up to Shingle Peak and returns on Turret Creek Trail.