Coffee Pot Springs 2022

Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 31, Coffee Pot Springs


near Dotsero, CO

Target Specimens:

Pseudomorphs of goethite after pyrite, plus fossil collecting in the area, plus hydrothermal (?) quartz crystals. Brachiopods, clams, and other Paleozoic-age fossils in local limestone quarries.

Trip Leader


Meeting Location

Meet at the National Forest sign
Nearby campsites for overnight campers (fee) or choose “open” camping (no fee). Th “open” camping is what most participants choose to do. Allow at least a 3-3.5-hour drive from Denver. Go west on I-70. About 10 miles west of Gypsum turn off I-70 at exit 133 (Dotsero). Go north on CR 301 for 1+ miles and turn on CR 140 (Deep Creek Road). This road becomes fairly steep, with hairpin turns, but it is maintained, and most cars in good condition should have no problem with the road, at least when dry (not the case if there are, or have been, heavy rains). Follow Deep Creek Road about 12 +/- miles until you see a sign saying that you are entering White River National Forest.
For those using a National Forest campsite, the Coffee Pot Springs Campground (fee required) is another 4-5 miles on down the road. Other campgrounds are also in the area (fee and open). Typically, trip participants camp at an “open” campground a short distance from the Meeting Place (continue on main road and take first left turn onto side road, then go 200 yards to camping site). Some people usually go up on Friday, or even Thursday, so a sign may possibly be located on the main road indicating where the LGMC campsite will be. For those who have not been on this trip, it is a breathtakingly beautiful area, with meadows of wildflowers, high mountains, and deep canyons (great overlook). A really enjoyable weekend in the mountains, with guaranteed mineral collecting, camping around a campfire (unless the Forest Service has a fire ban in place, which this year is likely), and good companionship. Singing is optional, but storytelling is encouraged.

Meeting Time

10:00 AM (Saturday)

Dist = 150 mi. 4WD = Optional-Recommended Kids = OK Tools = L,D Camping = OK Fee = only if camping at USFS campground

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