The trail to the west of the parking lot is designed to accommodate Forest visitors with disabilities. There is a slight downhill grade and the surface is packed small gravel. The trail ends at an overlook of the western part of Deep Creek Canyon.
The trail to the east has not been improved for wheelchair use and is a moderate down slope with some rocks. This trail ends at an overlook site of the eastern section of the canyon.
LIMBER PINE - The largest limber pine next to the parking lot is the oldest living thing on the Eagle Ranger District. Increment bores of this tree show that it first began life on this site about 1297, around 700 years ago. Archaeological surveys of this area suggest that the native Ute people of Colorado may have made their stone spear points sitting under this same tree.
DEEP CREEK CANYON - At either overlook, there are incredible views of Deep Creek, 2,300 ft below. The narrow canyon is strewn with downed timber and boulders, while dense stands of moisture-loving Douglas fir line the creek bed. Across the canyon, the south-facing slopes support pygmy forests of Piñon and juniper. The wetter grassland mesas fringed with aspen are common feeding areas for cattle, deer and elk. Often herds of elk can be seen on the canyon rim.
DISTANT VIEWS - The prominent peak in the distance to the north is W mountain fringed by the cliffs defining the Flat Tops wilderness. The middle background to the east and northeast is the Colorado River Valley. To the east beyond the River valley, Castle Peak stands at 11,200 feet. Behind Castle Peak, the Gore range is visible.
Directions: From Beaver Creek, Travel 34 miles west of Eagle on I-70 to the Dotsero exit, follow signs for Sweetwater and Burns turning north on the Colorado River Road. Stay on the River Road for 1.8 miles, then turn left on FDR 600, the Coffee Pot Road and travel 16 miles up. Make a right turn at the Deep Creek Overlook sign and go 1/4 mile to the parking lot. There are no facilities at this site.
Elevation: 10,000 feet
Elevation Gain: -120 feet
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