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West Elk Loop Scenic Byway

 

West Elk Loop Scenic Byway, The Colorado Vacation Directory Click here to go to the Stewart Cabin Homestead page Click here to go to map legend

West Elk Loop Scenic Byway near Almont, Blue Mesa Lake, Carbondale, Crawford, Crested Butte, Gunnison, Marble, Ohio City, Parlin, Redstone, Sapinero, Sargents, Taylor Park, Waunita Hot Springs

The late 1800s brought prospectors and miners from all over the country. When the hills had given up their gold, many of the miners stayed to help build and maintain towns by ranching. The area of Carbondale was one of these places. The West Elk Loop starts at Carbondale and travels through Paonia, Hotchkiss, Crawford, Gunnison, and Crested Butte. The byway covers 205 miles and takes 6-8 hours to travel.

Scenic Overlook on West Elk Loop Scenic Byway, CO, Colorado Vacation Directory
One of many scenic overlooks on the West Elk Loop Scenic Byway

 

This byway circles dazzling scenery. The mountain ranges and alpine wildflowers bring nature to you, and the farms and cattle ranches commemorate those who began here. The Black Canyon of Gunnison is the only canyon with such a narrow opening, steep walls, and gigantic depth. Its twin summit of Mount Sopris also towers at 12,953 feet over the town of Carbondale, the Roaring Fork and the Crystal River flowing beneath it.

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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Places to Stay & Fun Things to Do

North Fork Motel
On the east side of Hotchkiss, walk to everything. In The North Fork Valley, along the West Elk Scenic Byway at junction of Highways 92 and 133, near Delta, cozy motel rooms: satellite TV, air-conditioning.
Redwood Arms Motel link to Colorado vacation
Walk to river fishing! Redwood Arms Motel is on 20 acres near Paonia along The West Elk Scenic Loop Byway. A quaint hotel, spacious rooms with coffeemaker, air conditioning, DirecTV with HBO, free WI-FI.
Rockey River Resort - Along the Gunnison River email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Spend your holiday along the River, north of Gunnison on your way to Crested Butte! River Front Cabins. Resort Amenities: Rockey Barn, WI-FI, library, Townie bike usage. Enjoy fishing, hiking, biking, relaxing.
RPS Rentals, LLC email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Marble, Colorado's UTV and mountain bike rentals source. We rent 1, 2 and 3-person UTVs, explore the historic Crystal Mill! Enjoy miles of majestic roads that wind throughout the White River National Forest.
Stewart Homestead Cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page Map showing location of Colorado vacation
This SMOKE FREE CABIN is for you. Fully equipped, quiet, peaceful -- an unplugged family vacation. Secluded on 160-acres for your privacy. In the picturesque Onion Valley, 9 miles southeast of Crawford.

More Activities & Information

Crawford, Colorado

Crested Butte, Colorado

Crystal River Valley, Colorado includes: Carbondale, Marble, Redstone

Gunnison, Colorado includes: Almont, Blue Mesa Lake, Ohio City, Parlin, Pitkin, Sargents, Sapinero, Taylor Park, Waunita Hot Springs

Montrose Area, Colorado includes: Cimarron, Olathe

North Fork Valley, Colorado includes: Hotchkiss, Paonia, Somerset



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