Caribou Creek (North)

4.5/5 (39 reviews)
Known as "The place where winds were born," Caribou was the site of Colorado's first major silver rush. In the 1870s, miners from all over the world flocked here and developed the town of Caribou. An estimated eight million dollars worth of silver was extracted from these hills before the mine clos... Read More
Start 7-Day Free Trial
All-Access Icon
Caribou Creek (North) is an All-Access Member Only trail guide. You'll need to start a 7-Day Free Trial to see this guide.

Highlights of Caribou Creek (North)

Camping Category Icon Camping
Forest Category Icon Forest
Ghost Town Category Icon Ghost Town
Mine Category Icon Mine
Mud Category Icon Mud
Highest Elevation
10005 ft
Shape of Trail
Straight Through
Typically Open
06/15 - 11/30
Best Direction
N/A
Official Trail Name
505
Nearest Town
Nederland
Nearest Services
Nederland
Management Agency
Roosevelt National Forest
District
Boulder Ranger District

Overview

Known as "The place where winds were born," Caribou was the site of Colorado's first major silver rush. In the 1870s, miners from all over the world flocked here and developed the town of Caribou. An estimated eight million dollars worth of silver was extracted from these hills before the mine closed in 1884. Caribou suffered two major fires - in September 1879, from which it was rebuilt, and again in 1899 when most of the downtown area was destroyed. It was not rebuilt the second time. By 1880 the population dwindled to 549; by 1900, only 44 remained. The trail starts at the Historic Caribou Townsite that only has a few building foundations remaining. On the north end, mud can make this historic trail an impassable adventure at times, go prepared.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Continue Reading
Trail Guide Overview
11 Waypoints
35 Trail Photos
2 Trail Concerns
39 Community Reviews
1 Video
Trail Tools
App Store Icon Open in App
Gaia GPS Icon Upload to Gaia GPS
Download GPX
Directions to...
Share Trail
Print Trail

Start a 7-Day Free Trial and Unlock 5,000+ Trail Guides

3000+ Detailed Trail Guides
2000+ Member Only Scout Routes
Companion App with Offline Use
New Tracks Added Weekly
Download GPX Files and Print Guides
Access to Trail Guide Writer
What makes our Trail Guides so great?

Sign Up for Free to Get a Taste of Adventure

Free Members get 207 introductory guides to explore. Upgrade to an All-Access Membership for 5,000+ trails at your fingertips.
Start a free trial and get this level of detail on every trail guide
Start Free Trial