Flat Tops Wilderness Guides

Experience the Colorado Wilderness in Total Comfort

Unlike most outfitters in Colorado, our base camp is operated on private property on the edge of over 240,000 acres of designated road-less wilderness. We invest heavily in our facilities to accommodate our guests. We have a 3,000 square ft. pack station where we can saddle and pack 30 mules at a time, under any weather conditions. There is almost always staff at our facility with ready stock.  Although we are as remote or more remote than other outfitters’ public land or leased base camps, emergency vehicles and help can always reach our base camp.  There are 50 miles of horse trails and 13 wilderness camps in prime Elk, Mule Deer, and Trout territory..


Contact Front Range Anglers Adventure Travel Manager Rob Kolanda or Adventure Travel Coordinator John Brown for additional information and to BOOK! rob@frontrangeanglers.com

When you BOOK with FRA Adventure Travel you never pay more for our services as we work for YOU and the Lodge!.



The Fishing

Day Fishing Options
All of our day trips are horseback based fishing trips, operated out of our ranch and pack-station into the Flat Tops Wilderness. These rides take you through beautiful country to pristine lakes and alpine streams. The primary catch on our horseback day trips is brook trout and cutthroats. Clients show up relatively early 7-8 am have a coffee/pastry breakfast. Ride up to 2 hours to a fishing location. We have a hot shore lunch and head back after a little more fishing. We usually end up fishing for 4-6 hours (I will stay out longer if folks want as long as I get them back before dark) and around 4-5 hours of riding.

5 Day Wilderness Fish Camp
Our five day wilderness camp trips are for anglers wanting a true adventure. There will be 4-6 guests on these trips, guided by an experienced backcountry crew of three staff members. Groups of 4 or more can book these trips exclusive to their group. Guests should plan for a 7AM Arrival at the Ranch on day one. Late afternoon return on the fifth day.

Environmental Protection
All 3-day wilderness lodge trips are customized to your preferences. Some guests choose to fish the wilderness area via horseback all 3 days, while other guests choose to mix in a day of 4×4 based fishing. These 3-day adventure trips include three meals each day, riding horses, 4×4 transportation, luxury lodge accommodations, and a dedicated guide per 2-4 guests.


The Lodge
The lodge is 3,500 sq. ft. and can sleep up to 8 people. It is 100% log construction with high-end finishes. There is a large master bedroom, two sleeping lofts, a large great room, and two guest bedrooms with log bunk-beds with full-size bottom bunks. The lodge has three bathrooms, a high-end kitchen, and wrap around deck.

We rent out the entire facility to one group at a time. You will be the only guests in the lodge. It is the ultimate in private retreats.

Backcountry Camp
Guests staying with us on our 5 day wilderness fishing camp will stay in comfortable canvas tents, fully protected from the elements. Guests will be treated to fantastic food prepared by our guides, and will get to experience an incredible peace that comes with sleeping in nature.

Other Options
You can choose to stay the night in Eagle, Colorado. Which is about 45 minutes from the lodge. There are many hotels and restaurants to choose from in Eagle, including Quality Inn and Suites, Best Western Plus, Eagle River Lodge, and Hawthorn Suites.

Travel Details

Getting Here
Our address is 5097 Sweetwater Rd, Gypsum CO, but do not rely on plugging our address into your GPS or smartphone. We are at the very end of Sweetwater Rd. while most these devices claim we are just a couple miles from Colorado River Rd.  At the Highway 70 turn off there is the small town of Dotsero on Hwy 70. To the East, the first town is Gypsum. To the West, the closest town is Glenwood Springs.

Take Exit 133. Head North on Colorado River Rd. for 6.9 miles Take a left on Sweetwater Rd. Follow the signs to Flat Tops Wilderness Guides and FT Guides.

We are just 1.7 miles past the lake. Follow Sweetwater Rd. for 10 miles from the Colorado River Rd turnoff. Part of the road is grated gravel and part is asphalt. You will be headed northwest.

At the 10 miles mark you will arrive at Sweetwater Resort. Right before entering the resort, take a hard right.

Follow the road for 1.7 miles. You will pass several small cabins, stay to your right and continue past them. After the second set of cabins, you will see 4x4 only warnings. We do our best to keep the road plowed and you should be fine even in a two-wheel drive vehicle. You will pass a large log home on your right and go over a creek. Fifty feet past the creek you will see our sign on the left on a pipe archway. Stay to your left and continue down to our pack station (a large metal barn and bunkhouse).


What's Included
- Guide/staff

- Meals

- Drinks (excludes alcohol)

- Basic fly fishing gear

2023 Rates and Dates

1. Day Fishing Option: $325 per angler (minimum of 2)

2. 5 Day Wilderness Fishing Camp: $4750 per angler (minimum of 4)

3. 4 Night/3 Day Lodge Fishing: $1845 per angler (minimum of 2)


Contact us for more information!

What's Not Included
- Fishing license

- Guide gratuities

2024 Rates and Dates
Check back for more information coming soon!

Term and Privacy.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
At the time of booking 50% of the trip is due and payable. At 90 days the remainder plus all VAT and taxes are due. Cancellation greater than 90 days from the date of trip, all monies refunded less $100 fee if a replacement angler is found. Cancellation within 90 Days, no refunds are provided unless a qualified replacement angler is provided. No refunds are provided for trip cancellation due to Weather, Acts of God, Airline/Travel issues.
Travel Arrangements and Insurance
Front Range Anglers recommends all anglers to have Medical Evacuation Insurance- we recommend Global Rescue, and we HIGHLY recommend Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance. FOR ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT: Jessica Minard at 617.210.8106 (direct) or email jminard@globalrescue.com.