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Crystal City Road

Beginning Elevation: 7,956 Feet (2480.0 Meters) Marble
Difficulty: Difficult some steep, narrow sections with steep drop-offs and few turnouts.
Elevation Gain: 924 Feet (288.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,880 Feet (2768.1 Meters) Crystal City
Length, One-way: 5.5 Miles (9.17 Kilometers)
Road Number: 314


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General Description

Built in 1893 the Crystal Mill is located five miles from Marble, Colorado, and considered one of the most photographed sites in the state
Copyright: Sally Jakeway - US Forest Service
Built in 1893 the Crystal Mill is located five miles from Marble, Colorado, and considered one of the most photographed sites in the state
The town of Crystal is an old mining town and is now somewhat of a ghost town. The Deadhorse Mill, or Crystal Mill, a historical landmark, stands next to the Crystal River west of town as a reminder of the mining economy that brought settlers to the region. The mill stands on private property and is not open to the public.

The Crystal River Jeep Trail (FDR #314) parallels the Crystal River from Beaver Lake to Crystal City. Although most of the road is not too difficult, there are several narrow, rocky and steep sections where it may be necessary for the downhill driver to back up when encountering another vehicle. This is not a road for passenger automobiles or inexperienced drivers.

Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel south on Colorado Highway 133 about 22 miles to the Marble turnoff. Go east on the Marble road, through Marble, and past Beaver Lake. The four wheel-drive portion begins just past the Gold Pan Gallery. The road begins to head uphill and passes over shale rock. About one mile outside of Marble there is a fork in the road; take the right fork (FDR #314). The road immediately heads downhill.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: April through September (NOTE: Crystal City Road may be impassable due to snow in the Spring, Fall and Winter months.) .



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Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Most people are coming down here to look at the ghost town of Crystal, which has a few occupants in summer months, or the Crystal Mill. It is a rocky, pretty run along the Crystal river. There are a couple of shady camping spots amongst the pines by the River. Bushducks



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON History Crystal Mill
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Crystal River
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Crystal City Four-Wheel Drive Road
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Crystal City Four Wheel-Drive Road
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Crystal City Four Wheel-Drive Road
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Crystal City Four Wheel-Drive Road
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Crystal City Four Wheel-Drive Road
Yes



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Sam's Smokehouse, On Mountain , Snowmass Mountain, Colorado, 81615, Phone: 970-923-8686

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