Paradise Divide

Crested Butte, Colorado (Gunnison County)

Last Updated: 09/19/2021
4.8 / 5 ( 23 reviews )
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Highlight: Paradise Divide
Paradise Divide is an easy and remarkably scenic loop in the vicinity of Crested Butte, Colorado. It traverses two river valleys and crosses Schofield Pass near the loop’s northern apex. The area supports an abundance of wildlife including moose, elk, deer and black bear. The road serves as a connector to numerous other 4WD roads, opening opportunities for many 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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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is located at a pullout for the Slate River Trail and the Lupine Trail. The pullout will accommodate several vehicles, and is clearly marked with a sign for the Slate River Trail and Lupine Trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Crested Butte

Travel north approximately one mile on Gothic Road. Turn left on Slate River Road (County Road 734) and follow it for approximately two miles. The pavement turns to a graded/maintained dirt road. This is the trailhead.



Trail Reviews (23)

Questions & Answers (3)

Q: Is it true that there is no dispersed camping on the east side of this trail besides Gothic Campground between June 15th and August 15th? I am looking for dispersed camping on July 29th
–Spencer Beymer (07/18/2020)
–Tracy Barker (07/19/2020)
Q: Trails shows this route as closed, any idea when it might open? or why its closed? Thanks Brandon
–brandon jocelyn (07/17/2018)
–Tracy Barker (08/10/2018)
Q: Just bought property looking for maps of 734 forest service road crested Butte Colorado please email any you have of that road it would be appreciated thank you
–Rachel Thomas (05/20/2018)
–Tracy Barker (05/21/2018)

Writer Information

Tracy Barker

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Tracy is an outdoor enthusiast originally from north Alabama. His family moved to central Utah when Tracy was a child, and subsequently to southern Utah, where he fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. His favorite activities are family trail rides and camping with small groups. He started many years ago in his dad's F-150 pickup truck, and subsequently his own 4x4 acquisition, a 1975 Ford Bronco (in 1991).
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