Washington Gulch | Slate River

Great vistas and wildflowers!

Dawn colors the peaks along the Slate River Rd near Crested Butte, Colorado.

How to get there:

The loop starts and ends at SH 135/Whiterock Ave in Crested Butte. Up the Washington Gulch Road and down Slate River Road.

  • From Denver to Crested Butte
  • 217 miles 4 hr 30 mins
  • GPS
  • SH135/Whiterock Ave
  • 38.8679 -106.9808

In General:High Clearance Required

  • 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.

Photo Ops:VistasFall Colorswildflowers

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.

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