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Authenic Experiences: hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, private river

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Trappers Lake Cabin: Mountain view-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.

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.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
May 8, 2017

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We rented places in Beaver Creek and Vail for years and then found Wild Skies' cabin and were blown out of the water. The views are breathtaking and my 3 sons ages 12-16 loved the hikes, playing in the river and the huge selection of games from foosball to scrabble. It was nice to spend time with my mother who in her late 70's had no problem with the elevation. We had gourmet dinners and the kitchen was fully stocked with ever kitchen gadget you could think of having.

We look forward to having the chance to come back and recommend it to all.
Jul 2013
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Meeker Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 17
  • non smoking only
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , powder room off main level entranceway
  • Only Hand soap and linens are provided. Please bring your own personal hygiene items.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Balcony/deck overlooking river and Mountain Pass
    Bedroom 1 Main Floor Master - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Master suite/full bath-individual thermostat control
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen , Second level with balcony/deck overlooking river & Mtn Pass
    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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(52 traveler reviews)

Authenic Experiences: hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, private river
average rating of 4.9038463 based on 53 reviews
Bancroft, Nebraska

Backcountry snowmobiling

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love your review! I'm using it in my next email campaign. We look forward to seeing you again.
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Great Snowmobile trip

  • 5 of 5

This was a great experience for our group of snowmobilers. We had a blast playing in the snow and staying at this 5 star cabin. They have it all. It's your own little private resort. Lisa and Chip are great to work with and go above and beyond the call of duty. Thanks again Lisa and Chip!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Top Snowbiking Rental!

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend this property. It was perfect for our group of 10 snowbikers. Comfortable, clean, plenty of room, great cooking facilities. With 3 floors, it worked well, especially for an old guy like me who wanted to go to bed earlier than the young bucks! The view was spectacular and the best snowmobiling ever. It's a secret treasure! We only saw 5 other people in 5 days of snowmobiling. The hosts were great to work with also. We have already booked for next year!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great area, modern facilities

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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!
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Awesome snow and cabin

  • 5 of 5

We had a big group of Mountian riders. traveled from Minnesota, Colorado and California to meet up and ride together. The House is amazing!! and set up well to sleep many. One of the most beautiful homes we have rented and affordable for the size it occupies. Kitchen was perfect, Fireplace!! Very fun downstairs with plenty of games. The riding was amazing and plenty of untouched areas. We were lucky and had great snow! It is definitely off the main grid. pack well and dont forget anything. Long haul to nearest town. Would recommend this house and we will be back!!

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay! I appreciate the time you took to write our review and look forward to seeing the forum posts too!
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Loved it!!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I traveled from west Texas, and upon arrival to the cabin house, we were amazed of the beautiful home and the surreal scenery. We had an amazing time. The home was very spacious and warming. My daughters enjoyed the whole bottom floor for themselves, which was full of all kinds of games to keep them occupied, and when they grew tired of playing inside they enjoyed the playground. As for the adults we enjoyed the wooden deck outside where we spent most of our time relaxing and enjoying the sounds of the river. We took several hiking trips throughout the property and ventured out to the trails of the Routt National Forrest, where we camped out for the night. We enjoyed and love the Bennett's home. They were very sweet people and took the time to give us ideas as to where we could get the best view on our hiking trips; and even gave us detail descriptions to their home during our travel from west Texas. We were sad to leave, but left with a whole new set of beautiful memories that we will all cherish forever. We are very grateful to the Bennett family for the opportunity for allowing us to use their home and bringing our family closer together.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Richard, I am so pleased we were able to make your trip to Colorado so special. Please let us know if we can help plan a return trip. Happy Thanksgiving, The Bennetts
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Steamboat Springs/Yampa Regional Airport
Nearest Golf
45 Miles
Craig-45 minutes
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Hwy 40
Car: necessary

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

Meeker Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Hunting 2017
Oct 13 2017 - Nov 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
MLK 2018
Jan 11 2018 - Jan 16 2018
4 night minimum stay
President's Day 2018
Feb 15 2018 - Feb 20 2018
4 night minimum stay
Memorial Day 2018
May 24 2018 - May 29 2018
4 night minimum stay
4th of July 2018
Jun 29 2018 - Jul 9 2018
4 night minimum stay
Hunting 2018
Aug 24 2018 - Sep 24 2018
7 night minimum stay
Hunting 2018
Oct 12 2018 - Nov 18 2018
7 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2018
Nov 19 2018 - Nov 26 2018
4 night minimum stay
Christmas 2018
Dec 20 2018 - Jan 2 2019
4 night minimum stay
Hunting Season 2019
Aug 16 2019 - Sep 29 2019
7 night minimum stay
Hunting 2019
Oct 11 2019 - Nov 17 2019
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 14.25%

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.

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