A log-frame bed sits beneath a painting of a local butte at Trappers Lake Lodge. The room is in a log cabin with thick, exposed beams and a wood-panel ceiling.

Trappers Lake Lodge

Despite its timid-sounding name, Meeker is anything but shy. With access to recreational destinations like the Flat Tops Wilderness Area and White River National Forest, this tiny town boasts its own big adventure. If you’re looking for mountain fun in any season, the Trappers Lake Lodge will be ready to greet you with open arms.

Escape to high-country heaven and cloud-spotted blue skies in refreshing seclusion at the Trappers Lake Lodge, a 90-minute drive from downtown Meeker. With more than 10 welcoming cabins, a restaurant and bar, a general store and activities like horseback riding and fishing at Trappers Lake, this lodge is much more than just a place to rest your head.

What makes it special?

It’s got that Wild West feel in a modern time. First named the Forest Inn at Trappers Lake upon its construction in the 1880s, this preserved piece of history celebrates its past — you can still reserve one of three cabins (numbers five, nine and 10) that were built before the 20th century.

The most Colorado thing about this place

Enjoy all the outdoor exhilaration your Colorado-loving heart could imagine. Want to revel in groves of pine trees and snow-capped mountains? Schedule a horseback ride with some local guides, trek across wildflower-laden terrain, cast a line for trout on Trappers Lake or paddle out on a rental canoe or kayak.

Snow-covered peaks are revealed from between clouds near Trappers Lake Lodge in Meeker. The surrounding landscape is lush with green pines and thick brush.

Coolest amenity

The on-site restaurant, The Lodge, is the cherry on top of the cozy-cabin sundae. Reserve a table in this rustic eatery and dig into classic comfort foods (past specials have included a smoky pulled-pork sandwich and melt-in-your-mouth macaroni and cheese).

Room with the best view

Stay in cabin nine, aka the “Keever’s Cabin,” and you’ll understand why it’s the most popular. We’re talking an intimate, wood-walled interior, plus a private, southwest-facing deck that peers over the White River for stellar sunset views.

A cozy room at Trappers Lake Lodge features two ready-made beds with orange, waffle blankets and white pillows.

Our favorite traveler review

“Trappers Lake Lodge is situated in one of the most beautiful Colorado hideouts, is staffed by friendly people and is always clean. The food and drinks never miss hitting the spot. It’s definitely worth your time to stop in and enjoy.” — Adrienne W., Google

Things to see & do nearby

Looking for more nearby outdoor excursions? Tighten your boot laces for the Big Marvine Peak Trail, an easy 1-mile trip with panoramic views of neighboring mountains, or leash up a furry friend and walk a few miles along the more challenging Trappers Lake Trail

After your hike, head toward downtown Meeker and you’ll pass Buford; stop by for a serene peek over the waters of the Big Beaver Reservoir and Lake Avery. History buffs will appreciate the log-cabin White River Museum in Meeker proper, which once served as officer’s quarters during the 1879 Meeker Massacre. Tour 20th-century fashion artifacts, learn about trapping and hunting history in Colorado and grab a souvenir mug from the gift shop. While you’re in town, hit a few holes at Meeker Golf Course and keep an eye out for roaming deer and other wildlife.


Photos courtesy of Kaysyn Krystal Photography