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Caribou Flats

Basics
Location:
20 miles north of Idaho Springs or southwest of Boulder
Surface:
Dirt
Vehicle Type:
ATV,
4wd Vehicle
Length:
11 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
1 to 2 hours
Season:
Mid-summer to fall

Description

The Caribou Flats road rises from 8,600 to over 10,000 feet. Most of the distance is fairly easy, except two miles north of Caribou where the crossing of Caribou Creek can be deep in spring and there may be mud, and the steep grade at the Eldora end. The descent is steep and narrow for a 4wd vehicle. In the middle, at the old Caribou Townsite, there is a network of old mining roads on a lovely open plateau with fine views both up to the mountains and down over the plains.

Details

Location:
20 miles north of Idaho Springs or southwest of Boulder
Surface:
Dirt
Setting:
Mountain terrain
Vehicle Type:
ATV
4wd Vehicle
Length:
11 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
1 to 2 hours
Season:
Mid-summer to fall
Camping Info
This trail passes within a mile of the Rainbow Lakes campground.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
The north end of the road is off the Rainbow Lakes Road, 1 mile below the campground. In the middle it passes the townsite of Caribou, at the end of Country Road 128 out of Nederland. The south end is at County Road 130 near Eldora.
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