Coffee Pot Road

Dotsero, Colorado 81637

Coffee Pot Road

Coffee Pot Road Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"High, spectacular views as you climb. Campgrounds have picnic tables, fire rings and vault toilets. Recommend short side trip to Deep Creek Overlook with views into high-walled canyon. Coffee Pot Road provides access to Trails #40, #41 and #42. Popular fall hunting area. Many side roads to explore. Great for ATVs. Mostly wide gravel road, but blind curves are narrow in places. Don’t become complacent; road has no guard rails. Lower portion is suitable for passenger cars. Bumpier around upper lakes."

Coffee Pot Road Trip Reports

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Easy ride for most vehicles but bumpy. We averaged 25 MPH on most of it. Be sure to checkout the Deep Creek Overlook.
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This is an incredible drive, but not for the squeamish! You will feel the height of the several thousand foot climb as you look over what appears to be a sheer drop. In many places the road ends where the drop begins. Its better to excel at driving backwards than to pass a car headed the other way at those points. Fortunately, cars are few. The views are stunning. Prime wildflower season is late June through mid July. after about 7 miles, you will start to see the change from scrub oak and drier vegetation to Aspen groves and wildflower meadows. At 10.5 miles, the drops offs are behind you, and you will be in a hilly mesa that is ablaze with color during wildflower season. You will be at about 10,000 - 10,500 feet elevation for the remainder of the road. In my opinion, Coffee Pot Road stays easily drivable in a 2 wheel vehicle all the way to Deep lake. Some washboarding, a few ruts, but nothing that would deter me if it is dry. I found a comfortable driving speed to be 25-35 mph.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
ATVs and Dirt Bikes
1.5-2 hours
White River National Forest
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated #123, DeLorme’s Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer
Local Maps

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