Caribou Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and horses and is best used from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 308 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

no dogs

Caribou Ranch is closed April 1st- June 30th to protect spring migratory birds and elk calving and rearing

recorded Caribou Trail

hiking
snow
1 month ago

hiking
snow
2 months ago

I was the only car in the parking lot when I arrived at 7am. Nice mellow little loop. The trail was snowy, but packed snow, no need for snowshoes.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Good snow for snowshoeing. Picturesque trail and a good workout!

hiking
2 months ago

Only really good for snowshoeing and cross country skiing but awesome for both of those!

hiking
2 months ago

No dogs

snowshoeing
snow
2 months ago

Hiked this trail on Saturday, February 29 starting at 9:15 am. Went on the DeLonde, then Blue Bird Loop to mine complex, then beyond to water diversion, then looped down to homestead and return to trailhead. Measured out 5 miles in 3.5 hours of leisurely hiking. Used snowshoes most of the way which were most useful around the mine area. After homestead switched to spikes. Trail packed down for the most part. Snow was decent and area was beautiful. Temperature in the 30's and breezy winds in the open areas. Great day for a hike in a beautiful and historic area. Few people out in the morning but definitely picked up by afternoon.

hiking
2 months ago

It was VERY windy today. I was forecasted to be windy, but it was supposed to be dying down by the time we started. No such luck! Several other snowshoers out today though. Path was marked well enough- did have to pay attention to the blue diamonds since the wind was blowing over people's tracks.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Beautiful day! It was perfect weather and great trails. Trails were snow covered and quite packed in most places. Could hike some without spikes or snowshoes if wanted. Highly recommend this beginner snowshoeing trail.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

2/22/2020. Beautiful and well marked trail. Most people using snowshoes or cross country skis. Did only the Delonde Trail -seemed liked yaktrax would be fine too. Want to go back and do the Blue Bird Loop.

snowshoeing
snow
3 months ago

Great trail. No bare spots. Had a great time!

snowshoeing
snow
3 months ago

Fun easy snowshoeing on this trail. Went an hour in and an hour out as that is what my toddler could manage with his snowshoes. Look forward to completing the full distance:)

snowshoeing
snow
3 months ago

Travelled this trail yesterday (Feb 12) via snowshoe. Pretty ideal conditions. No bare spots. Fair number of x-country skiers who looked like they were having fun.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Very good trail, snow is becoming packed in some areas and hollow in others. Wind was especially rough but would recommend trail for an easier afternoon hike.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

hiking
snow
5 months ago

A perfect 36° for a snow hike. Microspikes worked fine on mostly packed snow. Some area of soft snow on the De Londe Trail and the Bluebird Loop. Not enough snow to justify snowshoes.

cross country skiing
icy
snow
5 months ago

Nice trail but not quite enough snow for a good cross country ski run. Was sparse in spots, icy in spots and in other spots great snow. Quite a mixed bag. Better day for snowshoers. Big bonus - there is a great bathroom that actually smelled good and kept very clean with plenty of toilet paper. It was a great day to be outdoors, just not the best skiing conditions.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy nice! Aspens are dead :(

hiking
7 months ago

'Twas another spectacular day at Caribou. I've hiked this trail over 50 times because I LOVE it. There is so much history here if you take the time to experience it. The water and the waterfalls are simply stunning and wonderful spots for a picnic lunch. NO Dogs, so no doo bags everywhere; what a bonus. NO bikes, so no beat-up trails. Another bonus. If you haven't hiked Caribou, do it!

hiking
7 months ago

A beautiful day and a wonderful hike. We saw 2 moose and a flock of turkeys , ate a great picnic lunch - all in all a great day!

hiking
8 months ago

Birding with Boulder Birding Club. Beautiful fall colors and birds on the route.

hiking
8 months ago

On 9/19/19 hiked from Mud Lake trailhead going around the lake then catching the link to Caribou and hiking up to Blue Bird Mine and completing the loop to DeLonde Homestead before return. Also went beyond the Blue Bird Mine to a water dam area which is quite scenic. Did 7.5 miles in 4.25 hours including lunch and several photo ops. Great day, clear and sunny, high of 71. Trail is easy and gradual. Aspen on the verge of changing. Area is scenic with history. Overall an easy and enjoyable hike.

hiking
8 months ago

September 28 in last year, I had a hiking here. Yellow leaves were very beautiful. Although I am out of US, you should not forget visit this nice trail! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOYqOlxLcUA

recorded Caribou Trail

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful well maintained trail

hiking
8 months ago

Very nice trail close to Nederland Colorado and just right if you want a nice hike and either are limited on time or want a short hike on your day off from doing longer more difficult hikes in RMNP or Indian Peaks Wilderness. Also offers a bit of history.

horseback riding
9 months ago

Great horse trailer parking, super easy and beautiful trail with wide trails and places to trot or canter. We started at the Mud lake parking lot for a bit longer ride. Next time we are bringing a cooler with charcoal to cook dinner on the grill provided near the lake

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Fairly flat 4.5 mile lollipop. Not too busy midday on Saturday. Beautiful temps and partial shade through most. Some neat landmarks along the way, well marked.

hiking
9 months ago

Great easy trail for a family of varied abilities. Very easy, but not boring. Great views the entire time.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike. Lots of shade.

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