Crystal River Valley - Northwest Colorado

Includes Carbondale, Marble, Redstone

 

Thirty miles from Aspen and 12 miles from Glenwood Springs, The Crystal River Valley, surrounded by the White River National Forest, offers unique charm and secluded, untouched beauty of Colorado's unspoiled past. Carbondale is the gateway to Highway 133 just off Highway 82. One of Colorado's secret geothermal springs is hidden here -- Penny Hot Springs; named after it's original owner Dan Penny. Dan's hotel and bathhouse are long gone, but those "in the know" still find the pools of warm water waiting for them along the Crystal River. This Free soaking area is easy to find from Highway 133, near Carbondale, as it follows Crystal River. Just north of milepost marker 55 there is a parking area on the west side of the highway. You know you are in the right spot if you smell sulfur as you're gathering your towels and picnic.

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Penny Hot Springs soaking pool
 

National Geographic Adventure Magazine offered this insight about Carbondale and the Crystal River Valley: "There is plenty to do including biking, kayaking, and world-class fly-fishing and winter offers excellent cross-country skiing at Spring Gulch."

There are serveral great snowmobile trails in the area with access off of Country Roads 344, 117 and C106 with endless backcountry to explore in ever direction you wish for a longer winter vacation. For a retreat even further off the beaten path, try the Redstone-Marble area with its mining past, ghost towns and dramatic mountain scenery. Redstone was founded by John Cleveland Osgood at the turn of the century as a model community to house employees of his coal mines. Although the workers and their families lived in simple cabins, Osgood built the luxurious Cleveholm Castle for himself, furnished with Tiffany chandeliers and Italian paintings. Marble was best known for its quarries, which produced a pure marble that rivaled Italy's Carrerra marble. If you have visited our Nation's Capital Washington DC, you might have visited the Lincoln Memorial Monument and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; both of these markers of American Pride and History have white marble from Colorado, it was mined here then slowly transported by river and train to Washington DC. The difficulties of mountain transportation closed down the quarries, but you can now take a tour.

Commercial air travel accommodations are handled by Aspen/Pitkin County Airport. Please contact your preferred travel agent or airline for flight arrangements.

Crystal River Valley is near: Aspen & Snowmass Village, Glenwood Springs & Grand Mesa Area

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Premium Crystal River Valley Businesses

Crystal River Jeep Tours  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page
FAMILY FUN. The easiest way to visit the high country! Our experienced guides show you the Upper Crystal River Valley. Close to Aspen and Snowmass Village, where pavement ends and beauty begins.

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OutWest Guides & Lodge  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Convenient to Glenwood Springs, Aspen, Breckenridge, the Redstone Castle, and Vail with guided horseback rides into the Maroon Bells and Snowmass Wilderness in the Crystal River Valley.

Fishing Horseback Riding Hunting 


RPS Rentals, LLC  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Marble, Colorado's ATV, UTV rental source. We rent 1, 2 & 3-person UTV & ATV, so you can get to historic Crystal Mill! Explore miles of majestic roads that wind throughout the White River National Forest.

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Featured Crystal River Valley Businesses

Avalanche Ranch Cabins & Hot Springs  link to Colorado vacation Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page Map showing location of Colorado vacation
Between Aspen and Glenwood, near Redstone, along the Crystal River. Incredible views. 3 hot springs pools! Log cabins. Vacation home. NEW Wedding Barn & Conference Center. Pet friendly. Winter - Ski!

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Beaver Lake Lodge & Cabins  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Historic Lodge and Cabins surrounded by mountain peaks in Marble. Use our canoes. Sit by a campfire. Walk to: trails, river beach, Beaver Lake, ATV rentals, snowmobile rentals, jeep tours & horseback rides.

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Chair Mountain Ranch Cabins  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A peaceful mountain retreat near historic Marble, and 5 miles south of Redstone. Fully equipped cabins are perfect for families. 2 apartment suites are designed for large groups. Dogs & horses welcome.

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Crystal River Jeep Tours  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page
FAMILY FUN. The easiest way to visit the high country! Our experienced guides show you the Upper Crystal River Valley. Close to Aspen and Snowmass Village, where pavement ends and beauty begins.

Jeeping and Offroad Vehicals 


Gateway RV Park  Colorado vacation make reservations
Tucked into a perfect location along the Roaring Fork River in Carbondale with RV sites, tent camping sites, a small group tent area, FREE WI-FI, hot showers, fire rings, and picnic table. Pet friendly!

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Marble Crystal River Chamber  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
The official tourism experts for the Upper Crystal River Valley . . . The magic of natural beauty, stunning white marble and locals' friendliness will capture your heart. It's just our nature. . . MARBLE COLORADO.

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OutWest Guides & Lodge  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Convenient to Glenwood Springs, Aspen, Breckenridge, the Redstone Castle, and Vail with guided horseback rides into the Maroon Bells and Snowmass Wilderness in the Crystal River Valley.

Fishing Horseback Riding Hunting 


RPS Rentals, LLC  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Marble, Colorado's ATV, UTV rental source. We rent 1, 2 & 3-person UTV & ATV, so you can get to historic Crystal Mill! Explore miles of majestic roads that wind throughout the White River National Forest.

Scenic Byways ATVing and Offroading 



For more travel information contact:

Crystal River Valley Activities and Maps

Scenic Byways:
West Elk Loop Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Rafting & Kayaking:
Roaring Fork River Rafting

Hot Springs:
Aspen & Crystal River Valley Hot Springs

Ski Areas & Resorts:
Aspen Highlands Ski Resort
Aspen Mountain Ski Resort
Buttermilk Ski Resort
Snowmass Ski Resort
Sunlight Mountain Resort

Snowmobiling:
Carbondale Snowmobile Trails

Local Area Maps:
Aspen & Crystal River Valley Area Map


 
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