Outdoor recreation is not limited to the warm summer months alone. The Meeker area also offers opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and excellent snowmobiling. Our local Snowmobile Club works hard to provide us with trail updates while keeping over 100 miles of trails groomed and maintained. Thousands of acres of public lands are accessible from groomed trails and are completely open to snowmobiling. Keep in mind that the Flat Tops Wilderness is located nearby, and that all motorized activity is prohibited within designated Wilderness.
From just outside the Wilderness boundary, snowmobilers can take in a beautiful view of Trappers Lake, travel up and over Ripple Creek Pass, or summit at Sand Peak and circle back towards Fawn Creek. There are trails for riders of all skill levels, and views all riders will enjoy.
Snowmobiling in Meeker offers something to riders of every skill level. There are 178 miles of trail in Rio Blanco County maintained by the White River Snowmobile Club. 78 of those miles are groomed while 100 miles are left natural – a challenge for even the best riders. The pure powder snow provides all types of riders with the experience they’re looking for.
While snowmobiling the area, be sure to visit Trappers Lake, the Flat Tops Scenic Byway, and Ripple Creek Pass. Ride steep canyons, rolling hills, and play in the open parks and meadows. The scenery in winter is spectacular and less crowded than many other winter attractions.If you desire a less demanding ride, without compromising the adventure and awesome scenery, try riding in springtime. The conditions are ideal for long rides to take in the views in the White River National Forest. If you desire snowmobiling, Meeker has what you’re looking for.
The White River Snowmobile Club meets the third Monday of the month from October through April at 233 6th Street in Meeker, where they plan the club activities. Contact Troy Hilkey for more information at (970) 878-3320.
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING & SNOWSHOEING
The White River Nordic Council shares cross country ski information and plans events for winter skiing fun. Contact Denver and Jan Hayes (970) 878-4359 for grooming reports. Also keep updated through their facebook page.
Cross country skiers, and those traveling on snowshoes can take advantage of the 2.2 mile Marvine snow trail which leads to a unique warming hut which is maintained by local residents. Driving directions to the Marvine Trail: 2 miles east of Meeker take Co Rd 8 upriver 28 miles. Turn right at Co Rd 12 crossing the bridge at Fritzlan’s. At Fritzlan’s corner turn left and go approx 3 miles toward the Marvine Campground. The trail head begins where the snow plowing has ended.
Ice fishermen frequent Lake Avery and Rio Blanco Lake drilling their holes through the ice to try their hand at catching a variety of species of trout, crappie and bluegill. Check with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, for current ice conditions, ice fishing safety reminders and fishing licenses for persons 16 years and older.