Connecting the towns of Meeker & Yampa, the Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway showcases the White River National Forest’s long history of multiple-use land management and remains a “working byway” providing access to public lands as well as rangeland for local sheep and cattle ranchers. The 82 mile drive is accessible with any passenger vehicle (during summer) and is an ideal location to view pristine scenery and wildlife.
The Byway is the backbone of access to the Flat Tops Wilderness and over 350,000 acres of public land managed by the US Forest Service (Blanco Ranger District). The White River National Forest is the country’s foremost Forest for recreation, offering visitors a wide variety of outdoor activities. The Flat Tops Wilderness is the perfect opportunity to see nature in its purest most undisturbed state. Originally the U.S. government intended the area to be surveyed and developed to make way for home sites and a highway system.
Visitors to the area can embark on motorized, hiking or horseback riding trips and excellent hunting and fishing access is available throughout the area. In the winter months, snowmobile riders and cross-country skiers will find access to groomed trails and powder from the Lost Creek trailhead at mile marker 30. The byway is not maintained past Lost Creek in winter months and is not accessible by means other than over-snow travel.