Paradise Divide

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4.8/5 (41 reviews)
Crested Butte, Colorado (Gunnison County)
Last Updated: 11/22/2023
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Paradise Divide is an easy and remarkably scenic loop near Crested Butte, Colorado. It traverses two river valleys and crosses Schofield Pass near the loop’s northern apex. The area supports abundant wildlife, including moose, elk, deer, and black bear. The road connects to numerous other 4WD roads, opening opportunities for outdoor pursuits such as cycling, hiking, fishing, and camping. Autumn colors in this region are among the best in the Centennial State, so put Paradise Divide on your Fall travel agenda!


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4.8/5 (41)
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35600
Seasonal Closure
Visited: 11/22/2023

Seasonal Closure effective 22 NOV through 21 MAY.
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35600
Impassable
Visited: 10/30/2023

Recent snow on this trail has produced conditions that make it impassible.
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3900
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/30/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We went here for the fall colors and it did not disappoint. The trail itself is definitely worth it even without the color change, but the red, green and golden hues made it extra special. There isn’t anything technical about the trail, that being said, having a 4x4 will give you peace of mind as opposed to driving this without it.
Trail Review: Paradise Divide - Tim N.
Trail Review: Paradise Divide - Tim N.
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Visited: 09/30/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Trail was much easier than a 3. I would rate most of it a 1. There were regular cars and vans driving most of the trail. The leaves were turning colors so the scenery was nice.
Trail Review: Paradise Divide - Roger P.
Trail Review: Paradise Divide - Roger P.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/30/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great road fun shelf road in spots. Ran it all in 4hi. Beautiful. Somewhat crowded for a Tuesday. But we had no problems with narrow passing.

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