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Remote-uncrowded-secluded- hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, private river

Meeker, CO, USA
  • Cabin3500 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps17
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights

Mountain Home Trapper Lake: Mountain views-hike, fish, snowmobile horseback ride

Our 3,500 sq. ft. 4 bedrooms/3.5 baths mountain retreat in the Flat Tops near Trapper's Lake, comes complete with radiant in floor heat, is located on the Flat Tops National Scenic Byway on County Road 8 and is surrounded on three sides by Routt National Forest which borders the Flat Top Wilderness area and the White River National Forest in Northwest Colorado. Decks overlook 1/2 mile of private river front frontage.


In the winter, the only road access takes you from the Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs Airport to our place and you park 2.5 miles from the cabin and we take you in on a Snowcat or Jeep with Mattracks the last 2.5 miles. Although you can get to Mt. Werner in Steamboat Springs from our place for Alpine skiing, it would take you a 45 minute walk back to your car if you don't have a snowmobile (3 minutes on a snowmobile), and although the walk is beautiful, you then have an hours drive to Steamboat and then you have to navigate downtown Steamboat traffic to the other side of town and up the mountain to the ski resort. So we are not the right fit if you plan on skiing everyday. However, if you just want to go for a day it is totally doable and fun from our place.

We do not get pizza delivery. There are no bars or restaurants or grocery stores. We are a secluded high end ski resort type of property but NOT at the RESORT. We are for folks wanting privacy and who don't want to see other people or buildings/condos. We are great for Nordic skiing, snowmobiling, sledding, snowshoeing and playing in the snow.

Wild Skies' cabin located in the Flat Tops is the perfect mountainside retreat. With over 1/2 mile of river frontage at 8500 feet elevation and nestled in a grove of aspen and pine trees, the cabin exudes an atmosphere of rustic elegance. Most anyone that has stayed at Wild Skies' cabin, has just been awe struck by the vastness and sheer beauty of the cabin area. The vistas/the views they get to see are breathtaking. From the wildlife, the mountains, rivers and streams to the charming features of the cabin. In the summertime the wildflowers are spectacular. In the wintertime, it is peaceful and serene and an undiscovered gem for snowmobiling. Often you are the only one there snowmobiling and have access to fresh powder even days after the last snowfall.

Wild Skies' offers amazing four season recreational opportunities, comfortable accommodations, and an excellent location in the Flat Tops (1 hour from Steamboat Springs) and cabins in Craig, Colorado too!


There is 1/2 mile of private river frontage onsite for great Colorado River Cutthroat trout fishing in addition to over 500,00 acres of fly fishing paradise within a 20-40 mile radius of our cabin. Much of the wilderness area is high, gently undulating plateau. Once you're atop this plateau, a short, steep climb of about 1500 feet from most trailheads to get to great fly fishing spots. Most of the fishing lakes lie between 10,600 and 11,200 feet in elevation and have wide-open shorelines, where you can double-haul to your hearts content, often in complete solitude. Trails run to or near most lakes, but cross-country travel options are unlimited for the fly fisherman wiling to hike and explore the area.

Back Country Horseback Riding:

For those looking for a place to bring your horses or mules or rent them, look no further. Horseback riders that have assess to areas around Aspen, Vail and Steamboat say those areas cannot hold a candle to our location. From corrals onsite to several horse trails within 200 yards to 1/2 mile from our front door, the views and access to the first designated wilderness in the US and the nature beauty preserved therein are at your fingertips. Enjoy rides that only take a couple hours to ones that require 8+ hours for the dedicated back country horseback rider.


It is an ideal winter retreat for secluded snowmobiling, snowshoeing or Nordic skiing. in 2013-2014 we had over 430' of snowfall in five years ago we had over 530' of snowfall.

The cabin location is extremely snowmobile friendly and offers riding opportunities right from our front door with a covered carport at the front entrance for your snowmobiling comfort and convenience. Within a few moments, sledders can be floating through awesome powder conditions or weaving through cozy forest settings in over 230,000+ acres of terrain filled with bowls of untouched powder. It is a boondocker's paradise. One board memeber of the MN Snowmobile Association said the following: "We have snowmobiled all over the western United States and have been to numerous well known snowmobile destinations and our trip to Wild Skies Cabin in 2015 was our best trip yet. Loads of powder fresh snow, endless terrain and no one else in sight. We had the entire place to ourselves."

Our snowmobile guests, even professional snowmobilers from those over the top extreme snowmobiling dvds that live just over an hour or two away, say they had no idea our part of Colorado even existed for snowmobiling. Views of Steamboat Springs, Ski Resort can be seen just a few miles from our cabin and snowmobilers love snowmobiling the powder meadows/bowls and finding those great steeps. We are just far enough away that locals usually don't bother coming our way. However, we are easy enough to find and worth the extra 1 hour drive to avoid the crowds and find the fresh powder and immerse yourself in the views of untouched wilderness while being able to snowmobile hundreds of thousands of acres of national forests without snowmobile restrictions. Snowmobile rentals are available from local companies.

Local mountains rise to 12,500 feet, providing exceptional photo opportunities and first class powder conditions in an alpine setting for all types of snowmobiles and snowmobiling. Adjacent hills offer great bowls and with average snowfalls of 20-25 feet or more, snowmobilers are roaming area mountaintops well into May. If you like having thousand of acres to yourself-this is your cabin.


Located in the heart of the largest elk herd in the world at 42,000+ elk with a cow to bull ratio of 4:1 which is exception for an area that offers over the counter elk licenses and often has leftover bull and cow licenses for almost all the rifle seasons.

The mule deer are great and an early rifle season is also offered in our Game Management Unit 12 (GMU 12).

We are also just a few miles from GMU 231 where unlimited over the counter archery elk licenses can be purchased.

We are the only secluded cabin rental for a 20-50 mile radius depending on which direction and we are the only cabin rental for a 15-45 mile radius depending on which direction you travel. This is especially important during rifle season 4 (Nov 13-18 or so) as temperatures as night can reach to zero and a wall tent or pop-up camper isn't going to provide the heat you need. As a result our area is mostly abandoned for hunting during rifle 4 as very few folks endure those nightly temperatures. This virtually assures you a nice area to hunt without the added hunting pressure seen in other areas and other seasons.



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Apr 19, 2018
What makes this Cabin unique

Located at the NW base of a mountain chain, heavily wooded with pines and Aspens and open meadows with a wide range of wildflowers. In the winter you have the legendary Steamboat Powder snow, but generally, more of it then Steamboat Springs and Rabbit Ears Pass get but none of the crowds. We are the only rental open to the public in the winter. Great Colorado River Cutthroat fishing along the 1/2 mile of private river frontage located below the cabin and across the ridge are elk and mule deer trails. Additionally, within a 20 mile radius of the cabin, hundreds of miles of streams and rivers and hundreds of pond, reservoir, lakes and mountain tarns surround the cabin location. All abundant with fish, especially trout. August is the best time to come out to fish. Conveniently located along the Flat Tops National Scenic Byway and near back country horseback riding trails that take you into the Flat Tops Wilderness. In the winter, the scenic byway is groomed and local snowmobiling clubs maintain over 180 miles of trails-not to mention the numerous powder bowls and steeps.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, 1 bunk bed, Balcony/deck overlooking river and Mountain Pass
      • Bedroom 3
        2 queen, Second level with balcony/deck overlooking river & Mtn Pass
      • Bedroom 1 Main Floor Master
        1 queen, 1 bunk bed, Master suite/full bath-individual thermostat control
      • Bedroom 4 walkout Level
        1 queen, 1 bunk bed, walkout with individual controlled thermostat
      • All bedrooms have individual thermostat controls for radiant in floor heat settings. All are fully furnished with linens.


      • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 4
        toilet, powder room off main level entranceway
      • Only Hand soap and linens are provided. Please bring your own personal hygiene items.

      Location Type

        • Water View
        • Waterfront


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities


                • Catering available


                    • Linens Provided
                      Please DO NOT bring your own we provide top quality-brand new from towels to sheets to bedspreads and pillows.
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Open windows-no central air; however, our mountain location cools nicely.
                    • Fireplace
                      Wood Burning and plenty of wood provided onsite
                    • Garage
                      Porte Cochere (covered roof at front entrance to protect from rain and snow-unless coming in sideways).
                    • Heating
                      Radiant in floor heat throughout with 7 zones (each bedroom has its own zone) for maximum comfort.
                    • Internet
                      Satellite Internet-no streaming videos
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Living Room
                      One main level with fireplace and one lower level with rec room
                    • Parking
                      Ample for horse trailers or large trucks to be able to turn-around onsite.
                    • Telephone
                      Land line for domestic continental US calls only-no int'l including Canada and Mexico and no 900 numbers. Cell phones will not work on location.
                    • Towels Provided
                      Yes-more than you will ever need-extra large bath sized towels.
                    • Washing Machine
                      We do not provide any soap/fabric softener.


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Only coffee filters are provided-no coffee onsite.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          all pots/pans/dishes/utensils, coffee makers, toasters etc. supplied.
                        • Kitchen
                          High end soft close cabinets and granite countertops, island with breakfast counter. Views of mountains and under cabinet countertop lighting.
                        • Oven
                          second oven in island
                        • Pantry Items
                          Some basic may be on hand such as salt and pepper and a roll of paper towels, but you should come prepared with extras or other items like ziplock bags and extra towels/napkins, specialty spices etc.
                        • Refrigerator
                          stainless steel freezer on bottom-no ice maker.
                        • Stove
                          6 burner with oven
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Table can be enlarged to seat up to 10 and the island has a breakfast bar that can seat .
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 14 people


                                • Books
                                  Extensive collection on each level from outdoor topics to New York Best Seller fiction novels.
                                • DVD Player
                                • Foosball
                                • Game Room
                                  Air Hockey Table, Foosball Table
                                • Games
                                  Foosball, air hockey, poker set, large game table and puzzles, chess, backgamon, dominos and board games for all ages.
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Direct TV
                                • Television
                                  55' large screen.
                                • Toys
                                  Plenty for ages 6 and under, including baby swing, booster seat and playpen.
                                • Video Library
                                  Mostly children Disney movies with a snowmobile video and few PG/R adult movies.


                                    • Balcony
                                      Two bedrooms have balconies overlooking the river.
                                    • Bicycles
                                      We do not supply mountain bikes, but our area is a great area for mountain biking.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      3 levels of deck and an outdoor patio area.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Rentals are available at Trappers Lake
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Professional Propane BBQ Grill
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      Great onsite sledding-need to bring your own. Just 1 hour from Steamboat Springs or stay in our area and snowshoeing and Nordic/cross country skiing but you must rent or bring your own-not supplied.


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Private Chef

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • bird watching
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • horseshoes
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • sledding
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • mountain biking
                                                    • cross country skiing
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • fly fishing
                                                    • freshwater fishing
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • hunting
                                                    • equestrian events
                                                    • mountain climbing
                                                    • mountaineering
                                                    • rock climbing
                                                    • skiing
                                                    • snowboarding
                                                    • snowmobiling
                                                    • spelunking


                                                        • Ride-in-ride-out snowmobiling, back country horseback riding with corrals onsite and either bring your own horses or rent them from a nearby ranch. Guided horse back trips available at a location just 1/2 mile away. Fly Fishing lessons, horse rental and private chef also available for an additional fees.

                                                          56 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews


                                                          Cammie A.

                                                          I can't even express how wonderful our stay in this beautiful home was. We had the time of our lives! Chip and Lisa were so very nice and helpful. We got home last week and are already making plans to return. We will definitely be making this a yearly tradition!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          We feel our property is a gem too! So glad we had the chance to share it with you and that your family enjoyed it so much. We look forward to your return.


                                                          Wild Skies Cabin Rentals

                                                          Beautiful cabin in a beautiful location!

                                                          Jack B.

                                                          A large and beautiful lodge set in a pristine landscape amidst aspen and pine forest on the western end of the Flat Top mountains, with a creek running below it. We had fun lounging on the deck gazing at the view, and fishing for trout in the stream below. We also drove about five minutes up the road to fish in Vaughn Lake, another beautiful setting with rolling wildflower hills around the lake. There's lots of good hikes through the aspen forests nearby too. Definitely this is the place to stay in the Flat Tops!!!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thanks so much for the review. I look forward to seeing the photos you took while vacationing at our place!

                                                          Great Peaceful Spot

                                                          KimBrewster, NY

                                                          A very beautiful, clean home. A very remote location with great horseback riding near by and beautiful lakes. The owners are very friendly and super helpful with any and all needs. We all had a great, relaxing time here.

                                                          Outstanding place to retreat to

                                                          Robert G.

                                                          Wild Skies is an outstanding place to retreat to with first class accommodations. No expense was spared on building this property. Comfort, cleanliness and fine detail are the norm throughout this home in the mountains. The owners were great to work with and accommodating. Highly recommend it weather you are hunting, fishing or just relaxing as we were.

                                                          Great area, modern facilities

                                                          Mike F.

                                                          Short trail ride and you are in great snow! Minimal traffic was nice to see. Wide open meadows to hill climbs, this area has something for every skill level. We will be back!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Mike-so glad you enjoyed your stay. We appreciate you taking the time to write the review and hope you talk us up in the forums as well. We look forward to your return visit!

                                                          Backcountry snowmobiling

                                                          YakBancroft, Nebraska

                                                          5 mile trail ride to areas where the only tracks in the snow are your own!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          I love your review! I'm using it in my next email campaign. We look forward to seeing you again.


                                                          Meeker, CO, USA

                                                          Just 1 hour drive in the summer (90 minutes in the winter) to Steamboat Springs, CO for spas, hot springs, fine dining, bars, shopping and 1 hour from Craig, CO- great western museums, grocery stores, meat processing, taxidermy. 2 hours away from Sand Wash Basin for wild horse viewing and 1.5 hours from Piceance Basin for Wild Horse viewing. Three hours to Dinosaur National Monument Park.

                                                          Rates & Availability

                                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                                          Additional Guest Fee
                                                          $50 - $2,100
                                                          Damage Deposit
                                                          Tax Rate

                                                          Rates are for groups 7 people or less, for more than 8 people call for rates. Non-holiday & non hunting season rates for 6 days or more are $500 a night plus tax (for groups 7 people or less). Weekend (Fri-Sun) nightly rate is $550 plus tax for <7 people. Hunting Season is $2000 per person plus tax. Cleaning fees may apply. May consider stays of 2 nights-call us to see if we can arrange it.

                                                          56 Reviews
                                                          Wonderful 4.9/5
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