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Trail #18
Trail Name:
                Caribou Ranch (Boulder) 
Govt. Organization:  Boulder County Parks & Open Space
Fees:  None
Beginning Elevation:  8,344 ft. 
Ending Elevation:  8,727 ft. 
Trailer Parking:  Parking for horses is at the Mud Lake parking lot only. Plenty of parking, no designated horse trailer area.  Mud Lake parking lot is still under construction at the time of this writing. 

Facilities:  Port-a-potties at Mud Lake and Caribou parking lots.  Restrooms are still under construction.  Bring water for you and your horse. 


Difficulty:  Easy  


Length of Trail:  4.2 miles roundtrip from the Caribou Trailhead.  An additional mile roundtrip from the Mud Lake parking lot to the Caribou Trailhead. 

Trail Usage:  Horseback riding, hiking  Dogs are NOT permitted. 

Directions:  From Nederland travel north on CO 72 (Peak-to-Peak Highway) for about 1 mile.  Turn west (left) onto CR 126, a dirt road, until you see the sign for the Mud Lake parking lot.  Turn south (left) and travel approximately mile to parking lot.  Park horse trailers on the upper portion of the lot.  Note that the parking lot was under construction at the time of this writing. 


NOTE:  Caribou Ranch is closed annually from April 1st through June 30 to protect spring migratory birds and elk calving and rearing.


General Information:  What a fantastic trail!!  This is a new trail that opened on October 15, 2004.  Even though there is a parking lot at the Caribou Ranch Trailhead, it is for cars only.  Please follow the signs and park at the Mud Lake parking lot.  From the parking lot you can travel the road to the Caribou Trailhead or take the trail located at the northeast corner of the Mud Lake parking lot.  The trail is well marked, fairly level, with some small climbs, and winds through large open meadows and stands of aspen and ponderosa trees. Follow the Delonde Trail for 1.2 miles and you will come to the Blue Bird Loop. etc. etc.


                                              Sample Pictures


Have lunch at the Delonde Homestead and enjoy the beautiful views

 Shoes are a necessity for your horse





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