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General Description

Deep Creek Canyon
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Deep Creek Canyon
The Deep Creek Canyon overlook is a site at 10,000 feet elevation that offers spectacular views from the top of the deep canyon cut by Deep Creek. Two overlook areas can be reached by two short trails leading from the parking lot. The trail to the west has been redesigned to accommodate wheelchairs. The other trail, to the east, is somewhat steep with some rocks. The overlook site is accessible from June through October.

SPECIAL INTERESTS
LIMBER PINE - The largest limber pine next to the parking lot is the oldest living thing on the Eagle Ranger District. Increment bores of this tree show that it first began life on this site about 1297, around 700 years ago. Archaeological surveys of this area suggest that the native Ute people of Colorado may have made their stone spear points sitting under this same tree.

DEEP CREEK CANYON - At either overlook, there are incredible views of Deep Creek, 2,300 ft below. The narrow canyon is strewn with downed timber and boulders, while dense stands of moisture-loving Douglas fir line the creek bed. Across the canyon, the south-facing slopes support pygmy forests of PiƱon and juniper. The wetter grassland mesas fringed with aspen are common feeding areas for cattle, deer and elk. Often herds of elk can be seen on the canyon rim.

CANYON GEOLOGY - The geologic history of Deep Creek Canyon spans about 350 million years. The steep cliffs show many layers of sandstone and limestone. The canyon cuts through a karst area, an irregular limestone region with many underground streams and caverns. There are as many as thirty caves in Deep Creek Canyon. Groaning Cave, the largest cave in Colorado, goes 7 miles deep into the side of the canyon.

DISTANT VIEWS - The prominent peak in the distance to the north is "W" mountain fringed by the cliffs defining the Flat Tops wilderness. The middle background to the east and northeast is the Colorado River Valley; which was the 1860 boundary of the Ute Indian Reservation. To the east beyond the River valley, Castle Peak stands at 11,200 feet. Behind Castle Peak, the Gore range with its 13,000 foot peaks, is visible.

Directions from Eagle: Travel 12 miles west of Eagle on I-70 to the Dotsero exit, follow signs for Sweetwater and Burns turning north on the Colorado River Road. Stay on the River Road for 1.8 miles, then turn left on FDR 600, the Coffee Pot Road and travel 16 miles up. Make a right turn at the Deep Creek Overlook sign and go 1/4 mile to the parking lot. There are no facilities at this site.

Directions from Vail: Travel 43 miles west of Eagle on I-70 to the Dotsero exit, follow signs for Sweetwater and Burns turning north on the Colorado River Road. Stay on the River Road for 1.8 miles, then turn left on FDR 600, the Coffee Pot Road and travel 16 miles up. Make a right turn at the Deep Creek Overlook sign and go 1/4 mile to the parking lot. There are no facilities at this site.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Travel 34 miles west of Eagle on I-70 to the Dotsero exit, follow signs for Sweetwater and Burns turning north on the Colorado River Road. Stay on the River Road for 1.8 miles, then turn left on FDR 600, the Coffee Pot Road and travel 16 miles up. Make a right turn at the Deep Creek Overlook sign and go 1/4 mile to the parking lot. There are no facilities at this site.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through October (NOTE: Seasonal access dependent upon snow.) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Closed for the season Updated: 2002-01-16 09:54:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking The short Deep Creek Overlook Trails lead to the overlooks. One of the two trails is wheelchair accessible.
Yes
ICON Scenic Driving The Deep Creek Overlook is located along the scenic Coffee Pot Road.
No
ICON Viewing Scenery Deep Creek Overlook
Yes



Related Activities
Coffee Pot Road - The Coffee Pot Road, a gravel road which climbs over 4000 feet from the Colorado River, up onto the Flat Tops to Deep Lake, is a main access point for the south end of the Flat Tops.

Coffee Pot Spring Campground - Coffee Pot Spring Campground, with 6 developed sites, sits on the edge of an aspen stand at an elevation of 10,000 feet, with a sweeping view of the surrounding mountain ranges.

Deep Creek Overlook Trails - These two short trails lead to overlooks of the spectacular , 2,300 foot deep, Deep Creek Canyon.



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Visitor Information:

Eagle Ranger District, 125 W. 5th St., P.O. Box 720 , Eagle, CO, 81631, Phone: 970-328-6388, Fax: 970-328-6448

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