Ute Creek #1824


The Ute Creek Trailhead is just outside of the Ute Creek summer homes. The trail switchbacks .5 mile to the top of a ridge between Ute and Campbell Creeks, and follows a ridgetop for nearly 2 miles before dropping into the Ute Creek drainage. The trail follows Ute Creek 4 miles to the Flat Tops Wilderness boundary, passing through aspen groves, Englemann spruce and grassy meadows. The Ute Creek Fire of 1994 burned the trees along several miles of the trail. Please use extreme caution around standing dead trees. Two miles into the Wilderness, the trail reaches the Flat Tops Plateau. It continues through spruce-fir for another mile before breaking into open parks for 2.5 miles, where it meets Oyster Lake and the junction with Oyster Lake Trail (#1825).

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply in Flat Tops Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Meeker, CO
Water: Intermittently along trail. Treat all water before consuming.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Blanco Ranger District, 970-878-4039

General Information


The Ute Creek Trail is 31 miles east of Meeker, CO. From Meeker, take Colorado Highway 13 east for 1 mile, then turn right (east) on Rio Blanco County Road 8 and follow this for 28 miles. Turn south, cross the bridge and turn west (left) onto Rio Blanco County Road 12 (Marvine Creek Road) for 1 mile to Ute Creek Road. Follow Ute Creek Road for 1 mile, taking the left fork up Ute Creek to the Ute Creek Trail parking area.

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11.3 miles

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  Elevation : 
7693' - 10705'


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