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Coffee Pot Road

Average Time: 2 Hours
Beginning Elevation: 6,200 Feet (1932.7 Meters)
Elevation Gain, One-way: 4,262 Feet (1328.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,462 Feet (3261.2 Meters)
Length, One-way: 30 Miles (50.0 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: July-October
Road Number: FDR 600


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General Description

Wildflowers alongside the Coffee Pot Road
Copyright: Christine M. Douglas - US Forest Service
Wildflowers alongside the Coffee Pot Road
This improved gravel road winds its way from the Deep Creek confluence with the Colorado River, up the south edge of the Flattops to Deep Lake. The first 10 miles of this road is exceptionally windy and narrow. Defensive driving is a must with drop-off edges, sharp blind curves and parts of the road not wide enough to accommodate two vehicles. During the summer, logging trucks travel up and down the road often. Look for clouds of dust and listen for them, so you can pull off to the side in time. The road starts traveling through sagebrush, PiƱon pine and juniper, then goes into patches of aspen and at the top, where it is flat, large open meadows and spruce/fir forest. When using this road in the fall, be wary of the weather. This road is not plowed and it is possible to become stranded up there if it snows heavy.

SITES OF INTEREST
SCENIC VIEW PULLOUTS - There are a couple of small areas to pull off the road in the first 10 miles. From these, there are spectacular views of the Eagle valley, Gypsum Ponds and the Colorado River. Glenwood Canyon is a narrow crevice to the south.
DEEP CREEK CANYON OVERLOOK - At 15.8 miles up the road, there is an overlook of the 2400 foot deep canyon carved by Deep Creek. Two short trails, one is accessible for wheelchairs, lead down to different views of the canyon.

COFFEE POT SPRINGS CAMPGROUND - This 9 site campground with picnic tables, fire ring grills and vault toilets is located on a south-facing slope at the edge of an aspen forest overlooking an open meadow and 3 snowcapped mountain ranges beyond.

BROKEN RIB SPRING - A good source of water, although not regularly tested by the Forest Service, visitors find the water refreshing.

CRANE PARK - This large open meadow, 21.5 miles up, is a good place to look for herds of elk.

WHITE OWL LAKE - This 21 acre lake offers fishing for brook trout. There are 6 campsites and a vault toilet on the east side.

DEEP LAKE - A popular subalpine campground and fishing spot is found here at the end of FDR 600. This heavily fished lake has rainbow, brook, and lake trout. The campground has 35 sites with picnic tables, fire rings, level gravel driveways (for RVs) and 3 vault toilets.

Directions from Eagle: Travel 14 miles west on I-70 to the Dotsero exit. Follow signs for Sweetwater/Burns turning north on the Colorado River Road. The Coffee Pot Road is a left turn 1.8 miles up marked by a forest access sign.

Directions from Vail: Travel 14 miles west on I-70 to the Dotsero exit. Follow signs for Sweetwater/Burns turning north on the Colorado River Road. The Coffee Pot Road is a left turn 1.8 miles up marked by a forest access sign.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Travel 14 miles west on I-70 to the Dotsero exit. Follow signs for Sweetwater/Burns turning north on the Colorado River Road. The Coffee Pot Road is a left turn 1.8 miles up marked by a forest access sign.

Seasonal Information:
Recommended Season: July through October (NOTE: Road opening depends on snow depths.) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open to broken rib spring. Updated: 2002-05-16 08:31:00.0


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Filed By: Ken Lehman (Lakewood, CO)
Time of Day: 0900
Length of Time: 1 hour 15 mins
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Fantastic views. worth the drive. Fishing at Deep lake was good. Weather was good. Road was in good condition.
Conditions: 35 sites in the campground and probably less than 10 were used on the weekend. Very quiet. Osprey fishing the lake was a joy to watch.
Water Availability: Brought in enough water for 2 people for 4 nights.

Time of Day: All Day
Length of Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report:
Conditions: Snow drift crossing road just past Broken Rib Spring.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boating
Yes
ICON Camping Campgrounds along the Coffee Pot Road include, Coffee Pot Spring, White Owl, Klines Folly, Supply Basin, and Deep Lake.
No
ICON Cold Water Fishing Many lakes and streams are encountered along the Coffee Pot Road. Some of the stocked lakes include White Owl Lake, Heart Lake, and Deep Lake.
No
ICON Hiking & Walking
Yes
ICON Hunting
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking
Yes
ICON Picnicking
Yes
ICON Scenic Driving Coffee Pot Road
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery The Deep Creek Canyon Overlook provides one of the many spectacular views along the Coffee Pot Road.
No



Related Activities
Coffee Pot General Forest Area - The Coffee Pot General Forest Area encompasses the southeast end of the Flat Tops. The area is dominated by the high Colorado plateau which drop into steep brush covered hillsides.

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 Lake - Deep Lake is a natural 37 acre lake at an elevation of 10,462 feet. Nonmotorized boats and boats with electric motors are permitted on this cold water lake.

Deep Creek General Forest Area - The Deep Creek General Forest Area is located northwest of Eagle on the southern end of the Flat Tops Wilderness. The area is accessed mainly by the Coffee Pot Road.

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

Deep Lake Campground - Deep Lake Campground sits on the edge of Deep Lake, at an elevation of 10,580 feet. It is the largest and most popular campground on the Eagle Ranger District.

Deep Lake Picnic Ground - The Deep Lake Picnic Area consists of 5 picnic sites located on the Flat Tops, beside Deep Lake, at an elevation of 10,580 feet.

Deep Lake/Heart Lake Loop Four-Wheel Drive Road - This series of four wheel drive roads travel through the Deep Lake and Heart Lake areas on the Flat Tops, northwest of Dotsero.

Heart Lake - 480 acre Heart Lake sits on the Flat Tops, northwest of Eagle, at an elevation of 10,708 feet.

Klines Folly Campground - This small campground with limited facilities is located near Heart Lake, on the Flat Tops.

Nichols Creek Trail - The Nichols Creek Trail branches from the South Fork Trail, 16 miles from the South Fork Trailhead, above Budges Resort. It is most readily accessed from the Coffee Pot Road, north of Dotsero.

Supply Basin Campground - This campground at 10,760 feet elevation, is located on the edge of a small lake on the Flat Tops in the Deep Lake/Heart Lake area.

Ten Mile Park Four-Wheel Drive Road - These scenic roads to the north of Deep Creek provide a good area for four- wheel driving, motorcycling, or mountain biking.

The Flat Tops Area - The area discussed here consists of the south end of the Flat Tops, accessed by the Coffee Pot Road, which provides a vast area for multiple outdoor recreation activities.



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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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