Located in Garfield County, in the US state of Colorado, Coffee Pot Road #600 offers beautiful scenery and views. The drive is definitely worth it. The trail begins climbing immediately, through switchbacks and near big drop-offs with no guard rails.
Located within the White River National Forest, it’s an improved gravel road topping out at 10,462 feet (3.188m) above the sea level. The surface on this gravel road is often loose, especially along the sides of the road. It links the Deep Creek confluence with the Colorado River, up the south edge of the Flattops to Deep Lake. This gravel road is 29 miles long. It’s closed in winters. The first 10 miles of this road are exceptionally windy and narrow. Defensive driving is a must with drop-off edges, sharp blind curves and parts of the road not wide enough to accommodate two vehicles. It starts very near I-70 on a well-marked road that starts as pavement and quickly turns to a maintained dirt road. Near the top it is slightly rougher.
This truly is the long and winding road. Do not travel this high mountain road (a.k.a. Coffee Pot Springs Road) in severe weather conditions. It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms. When using this road in the fall, be wary of the weather.
The drive is very scenic, through high desert, aspen groves, tundra and alpine forests. This road is not plowed and it is possible to become stranded up there if it snows heavily. Don’t become complacent; road has no guard rails. Lower portion is suitable for passenger cars.
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