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Trappers Lake


A Beautiful Little Secret

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Trappers Lake


A Beautiful Little Secret

 

In 1919, the beauty of Trappers Lake moved Arthur Carhart from the National Forest Service to recommend protecting it for wilderness recreation, inspiring the Wilderness Protection Act. Here’s what he said: "There are a number of places with scenic values of such great worth that they are rightfully the property of all people.  They should be preserved for all time for the people of the Nation and the world.  Trappers Lake is unquestionably a candidate for that classification."

To this day, discovering this place will excite you in the revelation that you’re stepping out and into a beautiful little secret.

 
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A Wonderful Lodge


A place to recharge and reconnect with what really matters— a cold beer, warm fire, delicious home cooking, and more than a few fish tales.

Make a Reservation

A Wonderful Lodge


A place to recharge and reconnect with what really matters— a cold beer, warm fire, delicious home cooking, and more than a few fish tales.

Make a Reservation

More to do than you can shake a stick at.

From the moment you arrive at Trappers Lake Lodge, you will have access to a rarified territory. Let our knowledgeable staff help you make the most of your stay. Rent a row boat, canoe or paddle board and cruise your way across the shimmering water of Trappers Lake, or be a bit more adventurous and arrange an overnight pack trip to the top of the Flat Tops where an unmatched cache of fishable waters and sweeping views awaits you. Make your way back to the lodge after an invigorating day of exploration and enjoy a comforting home cooked meal.

Spend your day fishing for native Cutthroat trout in the lake and streams. Soak in the beauty of the flora and fauna while on foot or horseback, get a unique perspective of the spectacular Flat Tops Wilderness while floating on the lake. The possibility of a great time is guaranteed.

This is a place where you will find your smartphone useless, except to take a photo or twenty. Here, nature is a muse who will beguile you and inspire you, and your former life will seem like a distant past.

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The Cabins


You always wanted a cabin in the woods. It's everything you need, and nothing you don't. 

The Cabins


You always wanted a cabin in the woods. It's everything you need, and nothing you don't. 

Cabins

Our cabins are charming and rustic. Some have been here longer than you have been alive and some are newer. They all have wood stoves and a gas heater for warmth. There is no running water but there is electricity. Prices range from $75 for a cabin that sleeps two, to $165 a night for one that sleeps 8. For more information select "our cabins" below.

Bath house

The bath house is centrally located and has private showers hair dryers. It is comfortable and clean, and a welcome respite after a long day in the wilderness.

Lights Out

The resort gets its electricity from a generator that runs from 7 am until 9:30 pm. After that its lights out, with only the sea of stars and moon to light your way. Be sure to bring lanterns and head lamps and enjoy some time well spent around the camp fire. 

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Activities


Activities


To your heart’s content…

Paddle, hike, fish, run, ride horseback, hunt, camp, picnic, and explore, all with a backdrop of pristine blue water and 240,000 acres of wide-open beauty. And it’s home to moose, deer, elk, bears, mountain lions, coyotes, marmots, badgers, and beavers. Not to mention feathered friends, including hummingbirds, purple martins, woodpeckers, hawks, bald eagles, osprey, grouse and mallards. So don’t forget your camera or your binoculars!


Fishing

Stand on the bank of a swirling stream and gently lay your fly down on the water – GULP! You got him! Sound like fun? This is the kind of excitement that awaits you at Trappers Lake. With over 100 miles of fishable waters, the Flat Tops Wilderness surrounding Trappers Lake is a bona-fide angler’s paradise. We can provide guide services for whatever floats your boat.

Hiking

Off the beaten path is an understatement when it comes to hiking the Trappers Lake area. The trails begin around the lake’s edge, and then wind and snake through meadows, pine forests, aspens stands, across streams and alongside beaver ponds.

Horses

Imagine the days of trappers and pioneers while traversing the trails on the back of a horse. It’s one of the rare pleasures of a wilderness adventure and is not to be missed. Our trail boss will guide you up to the top of the Flat Tops wilderness where the expansive views will take your breath away. 

Hunting

The Trappers Lake hunting experience is unmatched, with wild game roaming the Colorado high country in the Flat Tops wilderness. We furnish the tents, cots, heating/cooking stoves, propane, water source, wood, camp table/chairs and horses to and from camp. We do the hard part. You have all the fun.

Paddling

We have an assortment of paddle boards, canoes and rowboats ready and waiting at the water’s edge. An expansive course of open water is at your paddle’s tip. Experiencing the beauty of Trappers Lake from the water is as captivating as it gets.

Camping

Trappers Lake offers several accommodation options. Camping sites are available in the White River National Forest just down the road from the lodge. If you want to rough it, obtain a backcountry permit before heading off into the wilderness. Don't forget Trappers Lake Lodge can transport you by horse up to the Flat Tops plateau – just make arrangements with us at the lodge.