Caribou 4x4 Road is a 8.6 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.
off road driving
Popular, mostly-easy route close to Boulder 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.
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.
Great drive. Beautiful scenery. Challenging enough to make you grip the wheel.