Even Better in Person

Rangeley has been a destination for people with a passion for the outdoors—down to earth and up for anything people—since Fly Rod Crosby introduced the world to the region in the late 1800’s. Saddleback Mountain as a ski resort came onto the scene in the early 1960’s and the mountain and the village have been inextricably linked ever since. We looked to acknowledge that when we updated our logo this fall from “Saddleback, Maine” to “Saddleback, Rangeley, Maine.”

Founded in 1796 by James Rangeley, on land inhabited by Native American Tribes, including the St. Francis and the Abenaki, the town began as most New England settler villages began: A small farming community. But it wasn’t long before the abundance of the surrounding waters and forests became known far and wide, and by the mid-1800’s, outdoor enthusiasts flocked to Rangeley for guided fishing trips and summer family vacations in one of the many local sporting camps and hotels. 

historic downtown Rangeley shops

These days, Rangeley - which includes the villages of Haines, Oquossoc, and South Rangeley - is home to just over 1,600, situated on the shores of Rangeley Lake. And while much has changed over the past two centuries, at least one thing has remained the same: Rangeley is still renowned for its incredible beauty, its welcoming nature, and, of course, its breadth of outdoor opportunities. In fact, Rangeley was recently named the Best Place to Live in Maine by Down East Magazine, and one of the Top 10 Winter Towns in New England by Yankee Magazine. 

Of course, none of this comes as any surprise to the many Saddlebackers who call Rangeley home, and love to share this region with visitors. With just one visit, guests can expect to find: 

  • Award-Winning Dining & Accommodations
  • 190 Miles of Groomed Snowmobile Trails
  • 35-Mile National Scenic Byway
  • Over 100 Lakes & Ponds in the Region
  • Renowned Museums Focusing on Regional History & Culture
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Theater and the Arts
  • World Class Fishing
  • Abundant Wildlife
  • Global birding destination
  • The Appalachian Trail and Surrounding Trails for All Skill Levels
  • Breathtaking Sunsets and Stargazing​

While it might be amenities, attractions, and natural beauty that garner awards, anyone who’s spent time in Rangeley can tell you that what really sets this town apart is its people. Warm, hardworking, resilient and gritty, the people of Rangeley are simply the best friends and neighbors anyone could ask for, and we feel blessed to share this community with them.

summer in rangeley