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

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 4 - 10 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
4 - 10 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.

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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
January 6, 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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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Authenic Experiences: hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, private river
average rating of 4.893617 based on 48 reviews

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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North Port, Florida (Sarasota Couinty)


  • 5 of 5

Once you have been to Wild Skies....your fondest wish will be to return again.

We experienced great mountain views, tranquility and classic comfort in this Colorado mountain setting. We were here in late spring, saw and heard the raging mountain stream adjacent to this lovely mountain lodge, saw stands of aspen trees whose leaves were coming into full bloom and experienced the ease, comfort and pleasure of this beautiful mountain setting.

We observed deer and elk in the forest and nearby herds of wild horses. Numerous hiking trails established by the Forestry Service provide untold openings to some of the greatest Colorado scenes.

The accommodations were country-luxurious, sharp, comfortable and complete in all respects. It satisfied our every need.

We found that whatever age you might be....if you are an adventure seeker, a sightseer or looking for a romantic getaway, Wild Skies has it all.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your trip. We look forward to you bringing the rest of your family out to visit again.
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Sweet Lodge in paradise!!

  • 5 of 5

Lisa is awesome!! Great place for every outdoor enthusiast and family getaways..... Lodge is big and beautiful with lots of outdoor things to do...Thanks so much and we will definitely be back!!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much. We love sharing our magical place in the woods.
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Off Grid At its Finest !!!!

  • 5 of 5

Chip & Lisa

The House was perfect ,with spectacular views and

To ride 4 miles up the trail to find fresh powder was

Amazing . We were fortunate it dumped a foot our 2nd day .. The Meadows are endless !!!! Had a great experience and will be back ..

Thank you

Travis Conners

Indian River Sports Center

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic getaway vacation

  • 5 of 5

Great powder snowmobiling. Friendly concerned property owners. Very clean, well kept lodge. Accommodated our 10 guests with ease. Have a great time. Will be coming back soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your time at our place. Thanks again for leaving it so clean and in such good order. Happy New Year! Lisa and Chip
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Otsego, Michigan

Wild Skies

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful retreat in a beautiful setting. Spacious living in a luxury home, hard to believe it's off grid!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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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
Jan 12 2017 - Jan 17 2017
6 night minimum stay
Flat fee
President's Day
Feb 16 2017 - Feb 21 2017
6 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Memorial Day
May 25 2017 - May 30 2017
6 night minimum stay
Flat fee
4th of July
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 9 2017
10 night minimum stay
Flat fee
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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Meeker Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • 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.

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