Rangely to Meeker on Route 64 + ADD NEW ROUTE
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Start in Rangely (not far from Dinosaur National Monument in the northwest corner of Colorado) and head east on Hwy. 64 for 57 miles. At the stop sign on Hwy. 13, turn left (north) and go 3 miles.
The entire distance is either semi-arid brush country, or lush grass and trees along the White River. The river runs all year and with all the meanders, often covers wide stretches of irrigated river bottom. There is some cattle grazing throughout, but the low land is heavily into hay harvesting, after which is used for cattle grazing. The ranches in this area are strictly small size, working, low investment types and fancy spreads are non-existent. It is pleasing to see the contrast in either green by the river or tan where there is no irrigation. Just out of Rangely is a small reservoir used for recreation and with restrooms and picnic tables.
There are some odd rock formations along the way, mostly variants of sedimentary rock. This type of rock often has soft layers that can erode into interesting shapes. It is the back side of the Book Cliff mountain area where the rock layers are quite distinct.
Before the pioneers who settled this area, it was a frequent hunting and homeland for the Ute Indians. Pioneers started coming here after the early Mexican explorers (late 1700s) mapped the routes. Most well-known of the early white men, was Nathan Meeker, who had come from helping settle Greeley, Colorado. He started an Indian agency for the Utes, but through pig-headedness, in 1879 caused a fight and massacre of his family, dubbed the Meeker Massacre.
These days, Meeker is best known for the world class Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials held the beginning of September each year.
Good pavement all the way with wide turns. There are rarely wide enough shoulders conducive to motorcycle parking, so you must plan your pull-offs. There is frequently large truck traffic as this is gas drilling country. The problem there is not their slow travel, but they really barrel along.
There is food and limited lodging in both Rangely and Meeker, nothing in-between. If you want the best meat available on a hundred kinds of sandwiches, you'll go to Brother's Custom Processing on the main street of Meeker. The name is odd, but the sandwiches are great. If you just want ice cream, then go to Clark's.
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