Coffee Pot Road #600

Deep Creek Canyon view from the lookout.

Coffee Pot Road #600 is an improved gravel road that winds its way from the Deep Creek confluence with the Colorado River, up the south edge of the Flattops for about 30 miles to Deep Lake. It offers beautiful scenery and views. The first 10 miles of this road is exceptionally windy and narrow. Defensive driving is a must due to the drop-off edges, sharp blind curves and parts of the road not wide enough to accommodate two vehicles. The road starts traveling through sagebrush, pinyon pine and juniper, then goes into patches of aspen and at the top, where it is flat, large open meadows and spruce/fir forest. When using this road in the fall, be aware of the current weather reports. This road is not plowed and it is possible to become stranded if it snows heavily.

Scenic Sites  - There are a couple of small areas to pull off the road in the first 10 miles. From these, there are spectacular views of the Eagle valley, Gypsum Ponds and the Colorado River. Glenwood Canyon is a narrow crevice to the south.

Deep Creek Canyon Overlook - At 15.8 miles up the road, there is an overlook of the 2400 foot deep canyon carved by Deep Creek. Two short trails, one is accessible for wheelchairs, lead down to different views of the canyon.

Broken Rib Spring - A good source of water, although not regularly tested by the Forest Service, visitors find the water refreshing. Purification is always recommended.

Crane Park - This large open meadow, 21.5 miles up, is a good place to look for herds of elk.

Deep Lake - A popular subalpine campground and fishing spot is found here at the end of FDR 600. This heavily-fished lake has rainbow, brook, and lake trout. The campground has 35 sites with picnic tables, fire rings, level gravel driveways (for RVs) and 3 vault toilets.

At a Glance

Open Season: See Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) for summer and winter dates.
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Dotsero, CO
Information Center: Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District, (970) 827-5715

General Information


From Eagle, CO travel 13 miles west on I-70 to the Dotsero exit and follow the signs for Sweetwater/Burns by turning north, right, onto the Colorado River Rd. Stay on this road for 1 3/4 miles and then turn left onto Coffee Pot Springs Rd., FDR 600. Follow this road for 29 miles to the Deep Lake Day Use Area or continue on one of many 4WD roads in the area.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Scenery

Scenic Driving

Vehicle Clearence any but the lowest of passenger cars can drive this dirt road

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
30 miles

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  Elevation : 
6190' - 10462'