Blanco Ranger District (East of Meeker, CO)


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

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. 

View Blanco Ranger District Quicksheets for downloadable Recreation Opportunity Guides.

At a Glance

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Operational Hours: 8:00-4:30  Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Meeker, CO
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: 970-878-4039  

General Information


The Blanco Ranger District administers Forest Service lands near Meeker and in the Flat Tops NW. Our office is in Meeker, Colorado at 220 East Market Street (on Highway 13 at the east end of town).  Contact us at (970)878-4039.

Recreation Map

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Day Hiking

Areas for Day Hiking at Blanco Ranger District (East of Meeker, CO)


Areas for Backpacking at Blanco Ranger District (East of Meeker, CO)

Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Outdoor Learning

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Scenic Driving

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Water Activities

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Winter Sports

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