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This short trail which begins at the Fulford Cave Campground leads to the entrance to Fulford Cave.

This short trail through an aspen, spruce/fir forest leads up to the main entrance of Fulford Cave, the destination of many users. The trail has a number of switchbacks to accommodate the rise in elevation. It is important for users not to short-cut these switchbacks to maintain the fragile slope vegetation. There are good opportunities to view wildlife such as mule deer in the morning and evening hours. At the top portion of the trail, there are scenic views of Yeoman Park.

Discovered in 1892 by miners prospecting from Fulford, Fulford cave has been a popular cave for exploring for many years. It is important for visitors to be aware of the special dangers associated with cave exploring. Cave visitors are responsible for their own safety and should also take precautions to learn safety procedures and utilize safety equipment. The main entrance to Fulford cave is a small downward-sloping culvert. The cave itself has many small passage ways and some larger rooms. Recommended equipment includes durable, warm clothing, gloves, hard hat, flashlights and head lamps, sturdy boots and drinking water.

Directions: From Vail, Travel west on I-70 to Eagle (exit #147). Turn left and drive into Eagle. Turn left on Capitol Street and follow to Brush Creek Road. Turn left and follow Brush Creek Road 10 miles south of Eagle; turn left on the East Brush Creek, FDR 415 and drive 7 miles southeast. There is a parking area at the base of the Fulford Cave Trail, #1875. From the parking area, a 0.7 mile hike gaining 440 feet in elevation leads to the cave opening. Please sign the register, next to the bulletin board, before and after hiking the trail.

Elevation: 9,440 feet

Ending Elevation: 9,880 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

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White River National Forest, Colorado

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