Coyote Park and Caribou Lake

Estes Park, Colorado

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The “song dogs” commonly appear in brushy areas spotted with trees or along the edges of grassy valley floors such as Coyote Park. Caribou do not appear anywhere in Indian Peaks despite their frequent appearance on the map. Coyotes trot away from hikers everywhere in Indian Peaks except the highest rocky summits. Campers have a reasonable hope of hearing these song dogs howl and yip at night: the theme song of the West. To reach Coyote Park and Caribou Lake, the west end of the Arapaho Pass Trail starts along the right side of Monarch Lake. Some 1.5 miles later, the High Lonesome Trail branches right. Continue left along the Arapaho Pass Trail to a bridge crossing Arapaho Creek.
Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

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Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

The “song dogs” commonly appear in brushy areas spotted with trees or along the edges of grassy valley floors such as Coyote Park. Caribou do not appear anywhere in Indian Peaks despite their frequent appearance on the map. Coyotes trot away from hikers everywhere in Indian Peaks except the highest rocky summits.

Campers have a reasonable hope of hearing these song dogs howl and yip at night: the theme song of the West. To reach Coyote Park and Caribou Lake, the west end of the Arapaho Pass Trail starts along the right side of Monarch Lake. Some 1.5 miles later, the High Lonesome Trail branches right. Continue left along the Arapaho Pass Trail to a bridge crossing Arapaho Creek.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 18
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 2 days
Season: Summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service, Sulphur Ranger District, PO Box 10, 9 Ten Mile Dr., Granby CO 80446; (970) 887-4100; fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated, Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS Monarch Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Coyote Park and Caribou Lake

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