The town is at the center of perhaps the last area of the West to be settled. The early pioneers called it an isolated empire. Ruins and rock art abound, hidden in the canyons.
Modern explorers will find this and a lot more in the secret places of Northwest Colorado.
Much of the Rangely area does not receive much snow in the winter. Therefore the trails for hiking and biking remain clear.
The area has hundreds of miles of two-track roads, hiking trails, mountain bike paths, and open land through high desert plateaus, canyons and mountains. The opportunity for isolated camping experiences is large and in an area of clear night skies with little light population.
Attractions to travel in the area include the ghost town of Dragon and the abandoned Uintah Railroad that once hauled gilsonite over Baxter Pass, or to the top of Cathedral Bluffs along an old Ute Indian trail leading to the present day city of Rifle.
Other winter opportunities include ice fishing at Kenney Reservoir and showshoeing or cross country skiing at Moosehead Mountain in nearby Dinosaur National Park.
Rangely has camper parks, restaurants, motels, a recreation center with an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, a racquetball court and a variety of stores and services.
The town is also home to Norwest Colorado Community College that offers a robust academic menu, a variety of camps and a special climbing gym where you can learn basic and advanced mountain climbing skills.