The Town of Meeker is surrounded by the spectacular natural beauty of the White River National Forest and Flat Tops Wilderness Area. The Flat Tops Wilderness area includes 230,830 acres of stunning terrain, wildlife, lakes, rivers, trails, and campgrounds. Natural processes are the primary influences and human activity is limited in the Flat Tops Wilderness Areas to primitive recreation and minimal tools. Bisecting this landscape is one of Colorado’s 26 Scenic Byways, the Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway. This 82 mile road between Yampa to Meeker is a spectacular experience through different landscapes and elevations. Visit Meeker to learn about the history of this landscape and the people who borrow it for recreation, education and inspiration.
The White River National Forest
White River National Forest is the most visited national forest in the nation encompassing 2.3 million acres. With 11 ski resorts, eight Wilderness areas, 10 mountain peaks over 14,000 feet and 2,500 miles of trails, this forest is a place where you can press play on adventure and inspiration! Meeker is located in the Blanco District. There are 352,917 acres of National Forest land within the Blanco District boundaries. Blanco is responsible for management of the historic Flat Tops Wilderness, which encompasses approximately 235,406 acres. District elevation ranges from 6,500 to 12,000.
The White River
The White River runs unencumbered from its headwaters high in the Flat Tops Wilderness through the lower, White River Valley, then meets the Green River in Utah. The river provides farming and ranch irrigation and is one of Colorado’s famed fisheries featuring four species of trout (brown, rainbow, brook, cutthroat).
There are many public access points and, as it flows through the Town of Meeker, access is at Town Park. Walk along the river path or sit on the stone steps to enjoy the scenery or the park’s playground, basketball court, pickleball court, horseshoe pit, and picnic pavilion.
The Flat Tops Wilderness Area
The Wilderness area includes 230,830 acres of stunning terrain, wildlife, lakes, rivers, trails, and campgrounds. Various outfitters provide guided services in the Wilderness, allowing the area’s guests to easily experience the Flat Tops and its natural beauty.
The Flat Tops Scenic Byway
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.