Caribou Creek (North)

4.5/5 (34 reviews)
Nederland, Colorado (Boulder County)
Last Updated: 07/01/2022

Trail Information


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.

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Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (34)
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/25/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Made it all the way to the deep mud pit near waypoint 10. There is a bypass but it’s only impossible in a bigger pickup (ram 1500). I was able to turn around with a little effort. The rest of the trail was great. The mud was very deep and it was a lot more wet than expected compared to the rest of the surrounding area. Brought the kids and wife with me and fun was had by all (until my wife thought I was going to try going into the boggy abyss). Fully recommend lift and bigger tires. I didn’t leave 4wd high and never felt like I had clearance issues with 34” tires and a small lift
Visited: 09/23/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

MOST of the pictures, and review of this is spot on. Difficult in my Stock 4runner, even with good tires. However, there's an obstacle between 10 and 11 that's SUPER soft sand, and we couldn't get through it when we ran it. I forgot to note the coordinates, as well as take pictures.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/18/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

great time. the trail has plenty to offer for all levels i think. the fact that the ravine has a bypass is easy to miss.
Visited: 09/05/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Awesome trail. Great mud. There are two nasty spots. One washed out ravine. And one muddy/boggy area. Both would be very difficult for a stock vehicle. The ravine is a Mandatory 5 now; especially stock. The muddy/boggy area has a bypass.
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/08/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran this solo today and was a little nervous about all the rain we’ve been having. The mud puddles were big and there are lots of them! You can’t see what’s under them either but I just crawled thru and had no issues. The biggest one was one of the last ones going north and it is big. I tried to keep driver front on the side and passenger in the mud but slipped down into the deep rut but had no problem crawling out the other side. Didn’t need lockers but I’m on 37” mud terrains and they had no issues. Fun but short and quick trail, I finished in less than an hour

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