RANGELY I Members of the Colorado/Utah/Wyoming Viper Club of America toured both ends of Rio Blanco County last weekend.
Twenty-three Dodge Vipers from the club’s three states as well as from Kansas and Texas spent Friday and Saturday morning at Bud and June Striegel’s Campbell Creek Ranch southeast of Meeker. They then toured the county’s west end and Dinosaur National Monument before gathering at Viper Club members Frank and Grace Huitts’ Rangely home on Saturday evening.
The Viper Club takes trips approximately twice per month in the summer, event coordinator Shirley Johnson said. In the past, the group has visited Canada, Yellowstone National Park, Carlsbad, N.M., and Sedona, Ariz., with larger trips planned with other regional chapters every two years.
Huitt and Devon Striegel coordinated the club’s first trip to Rio Blanco County.
“I thought it would be a great opportunity for people to see this part of the country,” Frank Huitt, who is also Rangely’s mayor, said. “Most of these folks are from the Front Range or the high country and don’t often get to this part of the state. They were amazed at how neat it was and especially how friendly the people were here.”
Huitt said some club members have expressed interest in returning to Rio Blanco County next year to explore the area further.