West Elk Loop

West Elk Loop

Fall foliage near Marble, Colorado
Fall foliage near Marble

Highlights:

  • Historical Site or BuildingsThe photogenic Mill on the Crystal River
  • WildlifeBlack Canyon-North Rim – Marble/Crystal Mill
  • FlowersMarble/Crystal Mill
  • Scenic vistasBlack Canyon of the Gunnison from the North Rim overlooks
  • Boat TourBoat tour on the Morrow Point reservoir in the Curecanti NRA

Marble | Crystal Mill

The picturesque Crystal Mill.

The mill on the Crystal River near Marble, CO

How to get there:

Drive about 22 miles south of SH 82 on SH 133 to CR 3 and 6 miles east on CR 3 to Marble.

  • From I-70/C470 to SH 133/Carbondale
  • 156 miles 2 hr 45 mins
  • GPS
  • SH 133/CR 3
  • 39.1159 -107.2708
  • GPS
  • The Mill
  • 39.0593 -107.1047

In General:4wd vehicle with low range requiredCampgroundFishing Available

The Crystal Mill is located 6 miles east of Marble, just before the ghost town of Crystal. It is reachable only in the summer and fall months by a rough, rocky, narrow, 4-wheel-drive road.

Read moreMarble | Crystal Mill

Black Canyon-North Rim

Access to 6 overlooks.National Park

The Painted Wall - Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
The Painted Wall

How to get there:

The North Rim is reached by taking a gravel road from the east end of Crawford State Park.

  • From I-70/C470 to Crawford
  • 233 miles 4 hr 20 mins
  • GPS
  • Parking Area
  • 39.4371 -106.0507

In General:Campground Seasonal Closure

The North Rim Road provides access to 6 overlooks. Allow 2-3 hours for a leisurely tour.
Information is available at the North Rim Ranger Station, open intermittently in summer.

Photo Ops:VistasFall ColorsWildlifewildflowersHiking

The canyon walls on the North Rim are almost vertical, offering some of the most impressive views found in the park.

Curecanti National Recreation Area

A series of three reservoirs. National Park

The Curecanti Needle from the Morrow Point Boat Tour.
Curecanti Needle NPS/Lisa Lynch

How to get there:

The Recreation Area is about 10 miles south of Crawford

  • From I-70/C470 to Crawford
  • 233 miles 4 hr 20 mins
  • GPS
  • Morrow Pt Overlook
  • 38.4688 -107.5455

In General:CampgroundFishing Available

Curecanti includes Blue Mesa, Morrow Point and Crystal Reservoirs. The recreation area is surrounded by Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service land.

Read moreCurecanti National Recreation Area