Meeker is the gateway to some of the best public lands in Colorado. The town is located adjacent to the White River National Forest and BLM lands managed by the White River Field Office. The Flat Tops Scenic Byway offers easy access to the White River & Routt National Forests. Along the Byway are numerous access points to trails leading to the Flat Tops Wilderness. For those seeking hiking, 4WD & ATV trails, camping, hunting, fishing, backpacking, horseback riding and other outdoor recreation, Meeker is a perfect place to visit.
OFF-HIGH WAY-VEHICLE RIDING
The Wagon Wheel OHV Trail system offers about 250 miles of trails through the White River National Forest with 16 interconnecting loops, ranging from expert to beginner. Some trails will not be open until June 15 due to elk calving. Trail maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce office located at 710 Market Street. Please call us with any questions about the Wagon Wheel OHV trail system (970) 878-5510.
Check out www.wagonwheeltrails.org for more information about the trails and future planning.
Click to view The Wagon Wheel OHV Trail map
Join Colorado OHV Coalition (COHVCO) at the annual White River OHV Rendezvous. The Meeker Chamber of Commerce, our local downtown businesses, and the Wagon Wheel OHV Club work with COHVCO to organize this great event showcasing the fabulous Wagon Wheel OHV Trail System. Riders from across the Western US will be riding the trails and spending time in Meeker. OHV recreation is a fast growing tourism market, and event organizers are proud of the trails and all that Meeker has to offer to these riders. The “base camp” for the event will be held at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds, where each morning will begin with a riders meeting, and paring riders with local trail guides. Downtown businesses host the “Dirty, Dusty Meet & Greet” featuring live music, food, and the “Show-n-Shine” competition awarding prizes to the King of the Mountain, Down ‘n Dirty and People’s Choice champions. If you would like to get more information on this great event, or the Wagon Wheel Trail System, contact the Meeker Chamber of Commerce at (970) 878-5510 or at 710 Market Street in Meeker.
The new Philip and Dorcas Jensen Memorial Park at the north end of town offers biking and hiking trails, including a mountain bike flow course. The park can be accessed at the north end of Seventh Street and through the new Sanderson Hills Park.
Click to view the Phillip and Dorcas Jensen Memorial Park Trail Map
View the Rio Blanco County War Veterans Memorial, on the courthouse lawn, this is the first modern soldier sculpture in Colorado. A sheepdog and sheep, Mountain Lion, and children reading are among the other sculptures that can be appreciated. A new outdoor mural depicting the ranching way of life in Meeker is at the corner of Main and Sixth.
Set out for a day trip to the Piceance Creek Basin, 25 miles west of Meeker, to sight-see and photograph a band of wild horses. Experience the wild and free roaming horses that symbolize the historic and pioneer spirit of the west!
Meeker is surrounded on the East by Aspen stands, dark conifer forests, and meadows of wildflowers , providing cover for the wildlife as magnificent as the mountain scenery. Beavers, songbirds, bears, elk, and more can be found traversing the area. To the West, rugged mesas and canyons, sagebrush uplands and areas of pinion and juniper house collared lizards, sage grouse, falcons, elk, deer, and a variety of other animals. Look for wildlife in rivers and around waterholes in this drier region.
Click to view some Wildlife Viewing Tips
Click on the links below for information about parks, trails, and campgrounds.