DescriptionIn 1868 explorer John Wesley Powell led a 20-person contingent to the area and established winter quarters; that site is now known as Powell Park. Ten years later Nathan C. Meeker arrived at the same site to serve as the agent of the White River Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Ute Indians, resentful of Meeker's attempt to make them farmers, ambushed Meeker and 10 agency employees. After the U.S. Army arrived and established a camp on the White River, the Native Americans were banished to a reservation in eastern Utah.
The town of Meeker, the county seat of Rio Blanco County, is near White River National Forest and the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. As a result, recreation opportunities are plentiful and include biking, boating, camping, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and snowmobiling.
Visitor InfoMeeker Chamber of Commerce 710 Market St. MEEKER, CO 81641. Phone:(970)878-5510
Things to SeeWhite River Museum