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Coffee Pot Spring Campground

Capacity: 75 People
Elevation: 10,160 Feet (3167.1 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 8
Reservation Contact: N/A
Reservation Status: Not Accepted


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General Description

Broken Rib Spring area along the Coffee Pot Road
Copyright: Christine M. Douglas - US Forest Service
Broken Rib Spring area along the Coffee Pot Road
NATURAL FEATURES
Coffee Pot Spring Campground, elevation 10,100 feet, is located on a south-facing slope at the edge of an aspen, spruce and fir forest overlooking an open meadow and 3 snowcapped mountain ranges beyond. Coffee Pot Spring heads French Creek, which runs through the west side of the campground.

FACILITIES
Coffee Pot Springs Campground has 9 developed sites with picnic tables and fire ring grills. Each site has a fairly level driveway capable of accommodating RV's or vehicles with trailers less than 30 feet long. Six of the sites are in the open and 3 are partially shaded. There are 3 vault toilets. Drinking water and trash disposal are not provided. Be sure to PACK OUT YOUR TRASH. Broken Rib Spring, approximately 3 miles up the Coffee Pot Road, FDR 600, is a good source of water, but it is not regularly tested by the Forest Service.

ATTRACTIONS
4-WHEEL DRIVE ROADS
There are a number of 4-wheel drive roads for use by jeeps, ATVs and motorcycles around the area. FDR 620, 621, 622 and 623 are all popular. Please stay on the roads as you travel. The subalpine meadows are fragile and do not recover rapidly from off-road driving.

TRAILS
The nearest hiking and horseback riding trail is the Broken Rib Trail #1849.
This 3 mile trail heads down to connect onto the the East No Name Trail #1848. The trailhead and parking area is across from the Broken Rib Spring, 3 miles up on the Coffee Pot Road.

WILDFLOWERS
The south-facing meadow of the campground has a beautiful array of midsummer wildflowers. Columbines may be found near and under the aspens, while paintbrushes, lupines, sulfur flowers and locoweed grow in the open.

DEEP CREEK CANYON OVERLOOK
A mile back down the Coffee Pot Road is an overlook of Deep Creek Canyon. From the parking area there are two short trails to two different views of the canyon. The geologic history of this canyon spans about 350 million years. Deep Creek has cut 2000 feet down through many layers of limestone and sandstone creating sheer cliffs and talus slopes.

Directions from Eagle: Go 12 miles west on I-70 to the Dotsero exit. Turn north onto the Colorado River Road for 1.8 miles. Turn left onto FDR 600, the Coffee Pot Road. Stay on this road for 16.7 miles, turning left into the campground.

Directions from Vail: Go 43 miles west on I-70 to the Dotsero exit. Turn north onto the Colorado River Road for 1.8 miles. Turn left onto FDR 600, the Coffee Pot Road. Stay on this road for 16.7 miles, turning left into the campground.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Go 34 miles west on I-70 to the Dotsero exit. Turn north onto the Colorado River Road for 1.8 miles. Turn left onto FDR 600, the Coffee Pot Road. Stay on this road for 16.7 miles, turning left into the campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: June through October (NOTE: seasons vary due to weather conditions) .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee No trash removal after Labor D



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Closed for the season Updated: 2002-01-16 09:44:00.0


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Filed By: Ronnie Walton (Gray, GA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Absolutely remarkable scenery!Roads were very passable.We rode all the four wheeler trails,and some of them were tough travel which just added to the fun.Great place to build memories with family.We met some elk hunters that were just fine people to camp with.
Conditions: We did encounter a lighting and rain storm that caused us to seek lower ground.That was on the last nights stay(10 day trip), so we didn't mind.
Water Availability: we packed everything we needed in, and took everything back out with us, plus some life long memories.I wouldn't recommend this camp ground to someone with difficulty breathing,it's thin at that altitude.

Filed By: Deepwoods
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: I didn't camp here, but stopped in to check it out. In August 2005 there was one brand new vault toilet servicing the campground. There were garbage cans at each site. The sites on the east side of the campground are the most wooded. Most people travel past this campground to Deep Lake campground further north up the road.
Water Availability: As mentioned, Broken Rib Springs further north up the road is a good place to get water. The spring flows at least 15 gallons per minute out of a 1½" galvanized pipe that is mortared into a low rock wall. The water was "ice cream headache" cold in August.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Coffee Pot Spring Campground
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Nearby roads FDR 620, 621, 622 and 623 are all popular.
No
ICON Hiking & Walking The nearest hiking and horseback riding trail is the Broken Rib Trail #1849 which connects to the East No Name Trail #1848.
No
ICON Horseback Riding The nearest hiking and horseback riding trail is the Broken Rib Trail #1849 which connects to the East No Name Trail #1848.
No
ICON Viewing Scenery A mile from the campground is the Deep Creek Canyon Overlook. The surrounding area also has beautiful wildflower viewing.
No



Nearby Services

Showers: Hotel, Church (during Hunting Season), Swimming Po (Private - Profit) Directions: 37 miles in Eagle

Gas Station: National Chain (Private - Profit) Directions: 30 miles from the campground in the town of Gypsum

Groceries: Regional Chain (Private - Profit) Directions: 30 miles from the campground in the town of Gypsum

Hotel/Motel: National Chain (Private - Profit) Directions: 37 miles in Eagle

Nearest Hospital: Regional (Private - Profit) Directions: 40 miles in Glenwood Springs

Information Station: Co-op of Town, USFS, BLM, DOW, Historical Society (Other Local) Directions: 37 miles in Eagle

Laundry: Local (Private - Profit) Directions: 37 miles in Eagle

Nearest Pay Phone: Regional Chain (Private - Profit) Directions: 30 miles in Gypsum

Restaurants: Local, Regional, and National (Private - Profit) Directions: 30 miles in Gypsum, 37 miles in Eagle, or 40 miles

Showers: Hotel, Church (during Hunting Season), Swiming Poo (Private - Profit) Directions: 37 miles in Eagle



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.

Deep Creek Overlook - This spectacular overlook of Deep Creek Canyon is located just off the Coffee Pot Road and is wheelchair accessible by the Deep Creek Overlook Trail.

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

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.

West Deep Creek Rim Four-Wheel Drive Road - This four-wheel drive road, just past the Deep Creek Overlook off the Coffee Pot Road, leads mostly through the open meadows along the west side of Deep Creek Canyon.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce , Eagle, CO, 81631, Phone: 970-328-5220

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