The Dotsero-Ute Trail climbs from the Colorado River at Dotsero to the Flat Tops through mountain brush and pinon-juniper woodlands, eventually reaching forested land. The scenery is panoramic, and wildlife watching is good. The Ute Indians originally used the trail until the late 1800s for access over the Flat Tops to the Meeker area. Prospectors also used it to access the Caronate mining area for a short-lived silver rush in the early 1900s. The trail later became a National Forest trail and wagon road until it was replaced by Coffee Pot Road.
From I-70 at Dotsero, go north on Colorado River Road (Eagle county 301) about 0.5 miles to the trailhead on the west side. Although the trail connects to other trails into the Flat Tops, presently it lacks public access over several segments and dead-ends about 3 miles above the trailhead. Use is limited to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding; motorized vehicles are prohibited.
Gravel parking area.
About 3 miles to the end of public access. Elevation ranges from 6,150 to 8,000 feet.
BLM 1: 100,000 topographic: Glenwood Springs
USGS 1: 24,000 quadrangles: Dotsero