If you are looking for short Colorado Trips, or are just passing through the Northwest corner of Colorado, check out the list of our hidden gems, below. Maybell offers something for everyone from sightseeing, hunting & fishing, historical landmarks, OHV trail rides to hiking, biking and rafting.
Bromide Kilns – Coke Ovens
Dating from 1898, the four stone charcoal kilns are important as the only remaining intact structures associated with the Bromide Mining and Milling Company’s smelter facility. The period of intensive operations at the facility extended through the end of World War I.
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Browns Park Wildlife Refuge
Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge is located along the Green River in northwest Colorado. Situated between the Cold Springs and Diamond Mountains, this remote river valley has long been an oasis to both wildlife and humans seeking shelter from the surrounding harsh, semi-arid environment.
For more information go to Browns Park Wildlife Refuge
Cross Mountain Canyon
We supported Western River Conservancy’s campaign for the permanent protection of 2.5 river miles and 920 acres of Riverlands along the Yampa River at the entrance of Cross Mountain Canyon and 920 acres of Riverlands. This protection creates a sanctuary for fish and wildlife while opening new public access to tens of thousands of acres of surrounding public land.
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Deerlodge Park is a partly wooded flat beside the Yampa River, at the edge of a much larger area of meadowland (Lily Park), right at the eastern edge of Dinosaur National Monument, in Colorado, just west of a line of sandstone cliffs that rise up quickly and impound the river in a deep, twisting and largely inaccessible canyon for its lower 43 miles, up to the confluence with the Green River.
This region is not often visited, despite being reached by a paved road, terminating at a primitive camping area (tent sites only) beside the river, the waters of which are usually wide but shallow, bordered by extensive sandy beaches, hence this is a good place for water-based recreation in the summer months.
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Gates of Lodore
Gates of Lodore is located on the northern tip of Dinosaur National Monument. It is a long drive to the area and the wild, remote country adds to its sense of isolation. Here, the Green River, after winding across the broad valley known as Browns Park, turns toward the south and makes a direct path into the mountains in front of it. The Green enters into deep canyons filled with rapids that challenged Major John Wesley Powell who passed through here in 1869 on his voyage down the Green and Colorado Rivers. Powell named the location-based upon a poem by Robert Southey entitled “The Cataract of Lodore.”
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Historic Ladore Hall
Built-in 1911, the Lodore School is located off Colorado State Highway 318 in what is now Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge in Moffat County. The building has served as a rural community center throughout its existence and also functioned as a schoolhouse for much of the early twentieth century. In 1975 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Irish Canyon – Petroglyphs
Irish Canyon is a relatively remote and highly scenic canyon. The beginning of the canyon is not more than 50 yards wide with steep walls with layers of red, green, and gray. Elevations range from 6,100 to 8,636 feet.
Such outlaws as Butch Cassidy and the wild bunch, Matt Warner, Isom Dart, and others spent much of their time in the Browns Park area during the early 1900s. There is an interpretive exhibit of ancient petroglyphs at the south entrance to Irish Canyon along with short hiking trail.
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John Jarvie Homestead
Explore where the wild west is still wild, where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hid out from the long arms of the law, where traders made a mint, and where a business complemented the turn-of-the-century frontier life in Brown’s Park.
For more information go to John Jarvie Homestead
Juniper Hot Springs
Juniper Hot Springs is a sustainable community for natural health & wellness, outdoor recreation, and land stewardship.
Our mission is to preserve the historic and natural state of the mineral hot springs to provide health & wellness benefits in a natural and sustainable environment and increase access to recreation opportunities for residents of Moffat, Routt, and Rio Blanco County as well as visitors to our rural communities.
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Museum of Northwest Colorado
The Museum of Northwest Colorado began as the Moffat County Museum in 1964. Until 1990, it was housed in the Moffat County Courthouse. In 1991 it opened at its new location at 590 Yampa Avenue in the former Colorado State Armory.
We have one of the largest cowboy gun/leather/spur collections ever on public display- anywhere! It is one of the finest of its kind and represents 50 years of collecting by its original owner, Bill Mackin.
For more information go to Museum of Northwest Colorado
One-way distance: .3 mile from Vermillion Falls sign;
Difficulty level: fairly easy
Entrance fee: no
Restroom facilities: no
Elevation: 5,480 feet at the fallsDirections to Vermillion Falls: from Steamboat Springs, follow U.S. 40 west to Maybell, passing through Hayden and Craig on your way. Just outside of Maybell, (west of Maybell), turn right onto CO Hwy. 318. Follow CO 318 to mile marker 20. Just beyond mile marker 20, turn left onto the dirt road at the sign for Vermillion Falls. There is no real parking area, (that we could see), so just park where you choose.
Wild Horses – Sand Wash Basin
Sand Wash Basin is home to an extraordinary herd of wild horses. Located in the northwest corner of Colorado on public BLM land about 48 miles west of Craig, Colorado. Do visit the Sand Wash Basin Facebook page to view current photos as well as updates and information about the basin.
For more information go to Wild Horses of Sand Wash Basin!
Wyman Living History Museum
The Wyman Museum was founded by Lou Wyman. The dream started in 1949 in Elk Springs, Colorado. While Lou was filling up a water barrel for his sheepherders, he noticed an abandoned 1932 Lincoln. He paid $15.00 for it and has been collecting ever since.
The museum opened in August of 2006. The Wyman family has gathered an absolutely unique collection from throughout the West and beyond, giving museum guests an experience spanning one hundred years of American life, ingenuity, and advancement. We guarantee there will be something you’ve never seen before!
For more information go to Wyman Living History Museum
Yampa Bench Road
The 18-mile Yampa Bench Road connects the Echo Park Road with the monument’s southeast boundary. From there, several Moffat County dirt roads lead to US Highway 40. The Yampa Bench Road runs along a large “bench” or the flat area above the Yampa River. Several viewpoints, trails, and historic sites provide access to the area’s dramatic scenery and history. Wildlife such as mule deer, elk, pronghorn may be occasionally seen.
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OHV Trail rides
Maybell is a small town with vase open space. There are many roads and trails for ATV/OHV and off-road vehicles in the area. there is typically you will see signage along the road or trail indicating OHV usage some. There are roads and trails available on federal, state, and county land. Always check signage or ordinances to ensure your OHV is allowed in the area.
There are some areas that allow single track for dirt bikes as well. Along the Sandwash basin area, you will find camping for those that are willing to rough it. All thou you may see people pulling campers always use good judgment for you are at your own risk.
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