Colorado Mountain Activities

You came to the Ute Lodge to get away from it all, but now that you’ve had a good night’s rest, it’s time to get out there and play in the woods.

Hiking and Horses and Trout, oh my… what to do first!


Hiking in our area of the White River National Forest in the summer is a dream.  There are few people, loads of flowers and, did we mention the berries?  There are many nearby trailheads.  You could explore for weeks and never do the same hike twice.  Borrow one of our hiking trail books or just walk out your cabin door.

The Papoose Creek Trail Head is literally located right at our place and the Ute Creek Trail Head is just over a 1/4 of a mile away.

Guest Horse Corrals & Horseback Riding

Bringing your own horse?  Ute Lodge has corrals for you to keep your own horses – $15/night/horse

Care to see our mountains from the back of a horse? We work with Welder Outfitting Services who offer trail rides, fishing trail rides, and overnight trips.  These horses are gentle and mountain savvy.  They know where to step on our mountain trails and provide a safe, enjoyable way to see the splendor of the Flat Tops.  Contact Welder Outfitting directly to book your trail rides.

Just looking for a hand-led pony ride for the youngest riders?  We’ve got you covered (no charge).


Whether you like to sit by our lake and watch our horses graze nearby when you should be watching your bobber, or you’re angling your rod under a willow to present a dry fly in a tiny patch of clear water (where a monster cutthroat awaits), we’ve got it.

Our private stocked pond is full of rainbows, brooks and cutthroats, and a few lunker browns that get caught every year.  If you are patient, you may see or even catch the monster grass carp that patrol the lake.

There are hundreds of miles of public streams as well as lakes in close proximity that offer fishing adventure for all abilities.

There are public waters along the nearby White River (Rio Blanco) and we also have access to a small stretch of private water on the White River.

ATV Trails

We are located at a main access point to the newly developed Wagon Wheel OHV Trails – welcome to ATV heaven. The Wagon Wheel Trail accommodates motorcycles, mountain biking, 4-wheelers and side-by-sides.

With hundreds of miles of trails to discover and explore, you’d better ask for more vacation time.


Who can resist the mesmerizing campfire – the s’mores – the happy chap with the guitar – or the twinkling stars above?  It is all part of the Colorado outdoor experience.


The Spring Cave is open until mid August but reservations are required. Please use the below link to access the ‘Permits and Regulations’ page.

The Spring Cave is truly a unique experience.   The spectacular scenery from the South Fork alone is worth the trip.  Stalagmites and stalactites, cavernous rooms and a crystal clear underground river greet the adventurous spelunker.

The Spring Cave is not for the faint of heart.  It is a mile hike to the mouth of the cave.  It is cold, dark and damp.  It has tight squeezes, ropes and ladder descents and slick surfaces but this self guided caving experience is one of a kind.


We often hear that it is the kids who beg to return to the Ute Lodge. Whether it is the independent feeling they get when they venture to the play ground by themselves (view-able from most cabins), or the fishing in our stocked lake (where our horses are likely to come by and say hello), or the evening campfires with s’mores or the trips to the barnyard to give out scraps to our pigs, turkeys or chickens — KIDS LOVE THE UTE LODGE.

Paddle Boarding – SUP

We have two paddle boards waiting for you.  Please check out a paddle from the office and wear a life jacket.

July 2022 Hut-to-Hut Trek

COVID-19 Information – we recommend a family of four-six or friend-group of four to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Disinfecting precautions will be taken for all common surfaces.

Gather your family and/or friends and join us for a five-night all inclusive hiking adventure in the Colorado Flat Tops Wilderness.

We have partnered with Adams Lodge Outfitters, Trapper’s Lake Outfitting and Welder Outfitting Services to offer a self-guided Hut-to-Hut trek where a camp host/cook awaits you at every site.

Day1: Arrive at Historic Ute Lodge and spend your first night in our Ute Lodge Tent. After an outdoor BBQ, enjoy a campfire talk with a local, experienced guide.

Day 2: In the morning you’ll enjoy a hearty mountain breakfast and we’ll review maps and gear. We will then transport your group to the Big Fish Trailhead to begin your marked trek. You will hike 3.3 miles along the valley to your first campsite to meet your camp host. Relax for the evening with good food, campfire stories and star gazing. You will sleep in a wall tent – with your group – equipped with cots, sleeping pads, lanterns and a wash bin.

Day 3: In the morning your camp cook will prepare breakfast, hand you a sack lunch, and start you on your path to the top of the Flat Tops – 6.5 miles away. You will spend the night in the Jewel Lake area and enjoy the splendor of camping on top of the Flat Tops.

Day 4: This day is about traversing the wide expanse of the Flat Tops. End your 5-mile walk at the Shingle Peak camp where your host will greet you with a cool drink and a warm meal.

Day 5: Wake to the coffee brewing and prepare for your longest hike yet; a mostly downhill 8-mile trek that will earn you your just reward of a pub meal and beverage at Trappers Lodge Restaurant.

On your final night, you’ll stay with us at Ute Lodge. Enjoy a hot shower and sleep in a cozy bed in our largest cabin, the Spruce Cabin.

* Choose your start date of July 20, 21 or 22
* Limited to three groups; four-six people each
* Total of five nights
* All lodging, food and permits included
* $950 per person

Call (970) 878-4669 to make your group’s reservation today!