Crystal River Valley - Northwest Colorado
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.
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 several 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.
Featured Crystal River Valley Businesses
Between Aspen and Glenwood, near Redstone, along the Crystal River. 3 hot springs pools! Avalanche Vacation Home. Log Ranch Cabins. Shepherd Wagons. Pet welcome. Stocked trout pond. Winter Skiing!
Historic Lodge and Cabins surrounded by mountain peaks in Marble. Use our canoes on Beaver Lake. Sit by a campfire. WALK TO: trails, river beach, ATV and snowmobile rentals, jeep tours, horseback rides.
Relax at our peaceful mountain retreat near historic Marble, 5 miles from Redstone. Ranch cabins are equipped for your family. Reunion Suites. Fish Crystal River or our pond. Dogs and Horses Welcome!
FAMILY FUN, where the pavement ends, beauty begins. Jeep Tour is the way to visit our high country! Let experienced guides show you the Upper Crystal River Valley and negotiate the difficult terrain in Marble.
The perfect recreation gateway along the Roaring Fork River in Carbondale. Resort Park: RV sites, tent camping sites, group tent area, FREE WiFi, boat ramp, hot showers, fire rings, picnic table. Pet friendly!
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Crystal River Valley Activities & Maps
West Elk Loop Scenic Byway -UPDATED-
Rafting & Kayaking:
Roaring Fork River Rafting & Kayaking
Aspen & Crystal River Valley Hot Springs
Carbondale Snowmobile Trails
Local Area Maps:
Aspen & Crystal River Valley Area Map