Colorado is home to a number of great ATV locations. But if you’re tired of crowded and overpopulated trails, head to northwestern Colorado in the White River National Forest to find beauty and solitude. The itinerary below makes for a great ATV off-roading adventure in the Centennial State.
Located in the White River National Forest, Wagon Wheel Trail System has over 250 miles of trails and roads for off-highway vehicles (OHVs) to enjoy. This trail system was created by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to increase connectivity in the area and to promote sustainable OHV practices in Rio Blanco County between the towns of Meeker and Rangely in northwestern Colorado. For ATVers, this is a great spot to explore since the roads and trails here vary from beginner to advanced.
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, there are 26 nationally-recognized scenic byways in the state, more than any other state in America. The Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway, which is marked as County Road 8 on many maps, is a nice drive if you’re looking for a peaceful escape away from the elements. This road runs for 82 miles from Meeker to the town of Yampa. You don’t even have to do the entire drive to enjoy the beauty of this scenic byway. Conveniently, take this byway for 10 miles from Meeker to head to your lodging option, Miller Creek Cabins, which is located along this scenic byway.
A great spot to stay in the area is at Miller Creek Cabins, since this lodging option has easy access to OHV trailheads. The closest trailhead to Miller Creek Cabins is actually Miller Creek Trailhead, which seems to be at this property’s back door. These vintage log cabins are cozy and affordable. Expect a kitchenette, dinnerware, a microwave, and rustic decor at Miller Creek Cabins.
Since Miller Creek Cabins is located along the White River, it’s easy to cast your line during your ATV trip. You don’t even have to bother looking for a public access spot along the White River since Miller Creek Cabins is at a prime fishing location. The White River is teeming with rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, and whitefish, therefore it’s become a popular destination for fly fishermen. Remember to obtain a fishing license from Colorado Parks & Wildlife in order to fish in the state.
After a long day on the ATV trails, head to the town of Meeker for a nice meal and fun atmosphere at Meeker Hotel & Cafe. Located only 12 miles from Miller Creek Cabins, Meeker Hotel & Cafe is not only a lodging option but also offers hearty meals for hungry tourists and locals. Grab the country fried steak dinner, a fan favorite, or choose a meaty burger. After you enjoy a great meal here, browse through this historic hotel, which is filled with Old West history with biographies, pictures, and other memorabilia covering the walls.