Crystal River Road

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4.5/5 (49 reviews)
Marble, Colorado (Pitkin County)
Last Updated: 11/22/2023
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Located just east of the quaint town of Marble, Crystal River Road is a time capsule of long-lost mining history leading to Colorado's most photographed historic site. Winding down a narrow shelf road along the scenic Crystal River, adventurers will be rewarded with views of steep canyon walls, cascading waterfalls, and towering peaks as they journey down the trail once blazed by silver miners and mule-led Jack Trains. The ultimate destination along this trail is the historic Crystal Mill, a beautifully preserved wooden powerhouse perched dramatically above the rushing waters of the Crystal River. Built in 1892, this privately owned structure has been an iconic attraction that beautifully captures a moment frozen in time and has been framed and immortalized in offices and homes nationwide.

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4.5/5 (50)
This trail guide's difficulty was changed on 02/18/2024
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Seasonal Closure
Visited: 11/22/2023

Seasonal Closure effective 22 NOV through 21 MAY (beyond Waypoint 3 aka Lizard Lake)
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/07/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

This is an iconic trail one must do and visit the Crystal mill. It is mostly easy trail but high ground clearance is still recommended.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/05/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Great trail and great views with the leaves right now! A little muddy. Trail is probably more like a 2, but can get a little tight in spots to find pull offs with oncoming traffic.
Trail Review: Crystal River Road - Brian
Trail Review: Crystal River Road - Brian
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Visited: 09/30/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Pretty trail. Very easy to drive - just a little rocky. Would probably put this closer to a 2 rating. There aren't really any obstacles at all.

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