Caribou Ranch Open Space
(Easy) Hiking-Skiing-Horseback Riding
The trail system is 4.5 miles round trip from the parking lot. You can hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski, and ride horses. No dogs or bikes are allowed. Visit the DeLonde Homestead and the historic Bluebird mining camp. The trails partially follow an old railroad bed through towering stands of ancient aspens, endless meadows, and past delightful ponds teeming with wildlife. The trails are closed April 1 through June 30 to protect migratory birds, overwintering elk, and calving elk.
» To reach the trailhead, drive north from Nederland on the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway about 3 miles to County Road 126. Turn west onto the gravel road and follow the signs to the parking lot.
Golden Gate Canyon State Park
(Easy to Strenuous) F K q m
South of Nederland/Rollinsville and north of Black Hawk, the park’s 35 miles of trails offer something for everyone. Mountain bikes and horses share the trails with hikers. Dogs are permitted; they must be on a 6-foot leash at all times. There is no cell phone or Internet service in the park; pay phones are located at the Visitor Center and Campground office. All vehicles entering the park require a daily pass, annual passes are available. Stop at Panorama Point for some awesome views. Raccoon Trail is a moderate 2.5-mile loop, with an elevation gain of 500 feet. Horseshoe Trail is 1.8 miles one way and is restricted to hikers only. It can be a good choice on a hot day as it has plenty of shade and follows seasonal streams.