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Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway, located in the White River Valley in northwestern Colorado, travels along a pristine wilderness area that is a bit off the beaten path. Visitors can enjoy the slower pace of life and some peace and quiet while embarking on some fun adventures. Whether you are looking to experience simply a scenic drive or a magnitude of outdoor recreation, the Flat Tops area has something to offer travelers seeking the natural element.

82 miles from Meeker, CO to Yampa, CO

Key Attractions

  • Hundreds of miles of hiking trails

  • Pristine wilderness and wildlife

  • Prime hunting and fishing

  • Horseback riding

  • 4-wheel-drive routes, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing

  • Flattops Wilderness area

  • Historic museums in both Meeker and Yampa


  • Located in the center of the northwester quadrant of Colorado

  • Located between the towns of Meeker and Yampa, CO

    • Begins near Meeker, CO at the junction of Hwy 13 and Country Road 8

    • Follows CR 8 for 82 miles into the town of Yampa, CO

  • Approximately only half of this byway is paved road

  • Accessible by passenger vehicles during summer season – snow vehicles required during winter months

  • Extreme weather conditions exist at high elevation in the Rocky Mountains – plan accordingly

  • There are NO AMENITIES along this byway, such as gasoline, hotel, and food

  • This byway crosses open rangeland – watch out for livestock on the road, as well as wildlife

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