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Caribou 4WD Route

2 Reviews
Location Nederland, CO
Rating Moderate,
Length 8.8mi
Time 4hrs

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Mud bogs, boulders, historic townsite and great camping.

Fun route with a variety of modest challenges. Skirts eastern border of Indian Peaks Wilderness and passes by historic Caribou Townsite. Great view from high point of trail includes Eldora Ski Area. Explore several marked side roads. Camp only in designated numbered sites. Unlicensed vehicles may find it more convenient to start at large parking area at Waypoint 03. There is a 1,000 fine for riding across meadows at townsite. Open June 15 to Nov. 30, weather permitting.


Trail Ratings Defined

Much of route is easy. North end has muddy section after creek crossing that can be impassable in worst-case scenario. South end, dropping down to Eldora, is steep and narrow with tight switchbacks. Long vehicles will have trouble here.






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(303) 541-2500Roosevelt N.F., Boulder R.D.

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Submitted by Alison
South end of trail is impassable at about 5.3 miles from Caribou townsite. Landslide, ATV’s SUV’s unable to continue, passable by motorcycle.

Submitted by JD
Started on the north side. Just after crossing Caribou Creek, muddy through the creek area but can get around and through. Just as head back uphill, very deep rutted mud pit. Would recommend a winch and really good tires.

Submitted by Zach
Began coming from the north. Several fun mud pits, the (2) most dangerous ones were avoidable. Nice scenic view from the top overlooking Eldora ski resort. The last descent heading into the town of Eldora was very narrow with tight switchbacks. If a vehicle was attempting the trail from the opposite direction it would have made for a horrible day. Doable in a stock vehicle with high clearance. Fun trail and would do it again.


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Pearly says

We started from the North end because we were camping at Rainbow Lakes campground. The creek crossing was great and the mudholes were mostly dry with the ruts easy to avoid. However, just after that it got difficult fast. There was a large mud puddle that was way deeper than it looks and an impassable obstacle after that, for my stock 07 Sequoia. A mud pit followed by a 3-4ft climb littered with logs, immediately followed by another mud pit and 1-2 ft climb. Wish I could share a picture here. There was a side track, but one side of the truck would have had to go through the upper hole and climb. We turned around and hope to visit via Nederland in the future.

Lad says

9/14/23 JKU, 2.5" Lift, 35" tires. Didn't notice a landslide but scary 10 ft long washout on ledge road near the Eldora end was almost impassible. Washout forces outboard tire towards ledge with vehicle leaning to roll over the edge. Width was less than my vehicle by about 3 inches. Stacking rocks might work but nothing stopping them from sliding over the edge when loaded. Very enjoyable trail.
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