Imagine a hike that suits everyone. Yes, everyone. It’s the holy grail of the great outdoors and Boulderites are in constant search for it. Whether we’re entertaining family from out of town or planning an excursion with friends, we’re always in search of that perfect hike that will suit a wide range of fitness levels and interests.
The “one-size-fits-all” hike is particularly elusive here in Boulder where altitude and elevation gain come into play. Strenuous climbs and oxygen-starved summits aren’t appropriate for new hikers or lowlanders. On the other hand, you can’t just go with any short, flat trail. Without views and points of interest, you’ll be taking your group on a very forgettable journey.
Cue the heavenly music and behold Caribou Ranch. Boulder County’s holy grail is comprised of 2,151 acres and features 4.2 miles of trails with negligible elevation change. Wide-open spaces and airy views? Check. Historic sites to explore? Check. Wildlife watching opportunities? Check. Trails that are suitable for most fitness levels? Check. Something for everyone? Indeed. Read on for your guide to this beautifully unique property.
Dogs, aside from trained service dogs, are not permitted at Caribou Ranch.
Caribou Ranch is not ideal for wheelchairs. Power-driven mobility devices are not permitted. Visit the Boulder Area Accessible Trail Guide for more information on trails for individuals with disabilities.
The Caribou Ranch property closes annually from April 1st to June 30th to protect migratory birds and elk calving and rearing.