Caribou 4x4 Road

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Caribou 4x4 Road is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

8.5 miles
826 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving




wild flowers


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 Caribou Townsite. There is a $1,000 fine for riding across meadows at townsite. Open June 15 to Nov. 30, weather permitting. For current conditions call Roosevelt National Forest, Boulder Ranger District at (303) 541-2500. 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 be challenged here.

17 days ago

It’s a great trail if you have a vehicle built and bought for offroad driving. I went in a 4x4 Cherokee and we had to turn around and go back. There was no other cars around and no service and we almost got stuck twice. Please be careful and come prepared and it shouldn’t be a beginner driver either.

off road driving
18 days ago

off road driving
23 days ago

Great trail to test out our new 3rd gen 4Runner. Went through the whole trail without an issue. Good trail for a novice as long as they are able to be patient and take their time going through all the obstacles. Lots of rocky roads to challenge you on one end and some mud on the other. We took the trail backward apparently and it was slightly difficult to find the entrance between the houses. Took about 5 hours after playing around for a while, stopping for photos/lunch and going up the wrong steep hill..

off road driving
25 days ago

First trail in my new Jeep, and it was awesome!!!! It was easy enough for a beginner but challenging enough to get blood pumping!! Made the mistake of turning off tail too soon, but making me want to go back for more!! Will be doing it again next week!!

13 Wrangler Sport Unlimited

off road driving
1 month ago

Very fun at the beginning! Mud holes and ruts were awesome. Did bottom out once in the muddy area. Other than that didn't touch anywhere else. Halfway point of the trail is all rocks no more mud, and the very end is narrow as heck! Trees and rocks likely to scratch your paint. I do not recommend a full size pick up for the second half of this trail.

Chevy ZR2 Stock

off road driving
1 month ago

Locked entry gate as of 7/1/18, from the north side at least.

1 month ago

Requires 4low in a few sloppy spots. Super quick and fun trail with a small stream crossing, some mud and rocks. Wildlife and wildflowers in the summer with beautiful views.

3 months ago

Road closed when coming from the Mountain Research Station side.

off road driving
9 months ago

quick trail, but super fun. i think it could be pretty hard right after a rain or during snowmelt so be advised. pretty sure it hasn't rained or snowed up there in over a week and there were plenty of mudpits and puddles. my rear license plate goes under water (despite the wake) in one section which i estimated to be just shy of 3ft. if you'd like to see a video of the run i have one up at:

07 ranger manual
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

off road driving
10 months ago

Ran it all the way to El Dorado. Open all the way. Ran with a group where we did some maintenance just after the water crossing and then a little further up. Also did the part down from Caribou to El Dorado which was much more technical. Beautiful fall colors.

off road driving
10 months ago

It's open! Drove from 116 south on 505 to Caribou Rd. Need pretty high clearance but only had to put my truck in 4x4 once. Couple of shallow water crossings. Once down in the Caribou campground area, I was searching for a friend who was camping so explored all 11 campsites. Some were pretty technical to get to. Not sure if the trail is open from Caribou Rd down to Eldora.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

was up there Sunday 7/23 and it was still closed do to a rock slide.

off road driving
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Still closed 7/9/17. Forest service employee told us it is closed because of a rock slide?? From Caribou north, a rock slide?? (Still open from Eldora end but didnt go up with the big pickup. If there is a rock slide, thats probably where its at.)

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Still closed :(

off road driving
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tried to take trail today 6-25-2017. The gate was close and trail shut down

off road driving
Monday, June 26, 2017


off road driving
Sunday, August 14, 2016

The trail is slightly harder than a moderate trail depending on your equipment. We drove a stock Land Rover LR4. The rocky areas had at one time bypasses but most of those are closed off by rocks or tree limbs. The path narrows significantly the last couple of miles with some very narrow shoulders. The scenery is beautiful.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Great drive. Beautiful scenery. Challenging enough to make you grip the wheel.

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Friday, September 09, 2016

recorded caribou 4 wheel

Thursday, June 14, 2012