Caribou 4WD Route

You'll get just enough challenge on this trail to make it awesome.

Total Miles


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2 to 4 Hours
Technical Rating
5 / 10
Best Time
Summer - Fall

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Trail Overview
Caribou 4WD Route
This trail borders Indian Peaks Wilderness and offers fun terrain as it passes by the old Caribou Townsite. You will get a beautiful view of Eldora Ski area. There is camping available, but only in designated sites. Don't leave the trail to go across the meadows. There is a $1,000 fine if you do. Unlicensed vehicles are permitted and can stage at the large parking area at Carabou Townsite. Open June 15 to November 30.
Miners from all over the world flocked to the town of Caribou after a rich silver deposit was discovered in 1869. Development of the town was rapid. Before long there were houses, stores, hotels, dance halls, blacksmith shops, numerous businesses and a weekly newspaper. It is estimated that $8 million was extracted from these hills in little more than a decade. Most of the mining was done on the northeast side of Caribou Hill. There are still privately owned, active mines in the area. Stay off private property or expect to be caught by a diligent caretaker.
Getting There
Take Highway 119 from Boulder to Nederland. At the roundabout, follow Highway 72 north about 7 miles to C.R. 116 on left near mile marker 39. After 0.8 mile, stay left following signs to Rainbow Lakes Campground. You'll cross a small bridge before reaching the start of the trail on left 4.2 miles from Highway 72.
Contact for Current Conditions
Roosevelt N.F.
Boulder R.D.
(303) 541-2500