Blanco Ranger District

 Trappers Lake Ampitheatre in the Flat Tops Wilderness, image courtesy of Lynn Lockwood

Area Description

The Blanco Ranger District headquarters is located in Meeker, Colorado which is situated in the northwest portion of the state, approximately 4 hours driving time from Denver and 2 hours from Grand Junction (the largest city on the western slope of Colorado).

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 Blanco Ranger District provides access to a wide range of recreational opportunities such as camping, hiking and backpacking.There are nine improved campgrounds, picnic facilities and an abundance of well marked trailheads for access to backcountry and Wilderness. 

The area is well known for outstanding hunting in one of the largest elk herds in North America. The district has 16 permitted Outfitter/Guide operators, who are equipped to host individual hunters from all over the world.