- Billed as “The Wildflower Capital of Colorado”, Crested Butte doesn’t disappoint. Try Cement Creek or the Lake Irwin area.
- Kebler Pass – Ohio Pass
- Scenery on the Slate River/Washington Gulch loop is spectacular.
Washington Gulch | Slate River
Great vistas and wildflowers!
- Length: 22 miles
- Driving Time: min. 1 hour 30 mins
Washington Gulch road starts out smooth but gets progressively rougher as it approaches the junction with the Slate River Rd, which is generally much smoother on its way back to Crested Butte.
Abundant summer wildflowers and impressive fall colors provide plenty of photo ops. There are some fine vistas a short way down from the junction offering views into the lush Slate River valley.
Some remarkable vistas.
- Length: 14 miles
- Driving Time: min. 50 mins
This road is passable by 2wd vehicle to the pass. Return the way you came.
Kebler Pass to West Elk Loop
West Elk Loop Scenic Byway
- Length: 32 miles
- Driving Time: min. 2 hours
This generally smooth, wide gravel road connects Crested Butte with SH133 at Paonia SP and provides access to Lake Irwin/Robinson Basin and the Ohio Pass Rd.
Wildflowers and waterfalls!
- Length: 2.7 miles
- Driving Time: min. 15 mins
Moderately rough 4wd road. 2wd vehicles can access Lake Irwin and possibly beyond.
Ohio Pass Road
Awesome fall colors.
- Length: 23 miles
- Driving Time: min. 1 hour 20 mins
This road winds its way up to Ohio Pass at an elevation of 10,074′ in two miles. This first section may not be passable to 2wd vehicles depending on conditions. As you drop down from the pass, it will travel through a large aspen forest before emerging into hay meadow bottoms and cattle ranches along Ohio Creek.
Great wildflower opportunities.
- Length: 15 miles
- Driving Time: min. 1 hour
In good conditions, the road is passable to 2wd vehicles for the first 8 or 9 miles, and then deteriorates as it approaches timberline.