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Best place to see fall in CO!

Crystal Mill is definitely a hidden gem of Colorado. You MUST have a 4x4 vehicle to make the trek... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Michele C
Littleton, Colorado
The consummate picture of Colorado's rustic past

A longtime subject of postcards and calendar covers, the Crystal Mill may the consummate picture of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
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Crystal, Gunnison, CO 81623
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Crystal Mill is definitely a hidden gem of Colorado. You MUST have a 4x4 vehicle to make the trek though, oir you can hire the Jeep Tours in Marble to take you up. We personally stayed at on of the 8 cabins up there and...More

Thank Michele C
Reviewed 1 week ago

A longtime subject of postcards and calendar covers, the Crystal Mill may the consummate picture of Colorado's rustic past. Also known as the Sheep Mountain Powerhouse or Lost Horse Mill, the photogenic building was constructed in 1893 by promoters of the Sheep Mountain Mining Company....More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The views are stunning all the way from Marble to Crystal, where the old mill sits on a rocky outcropping above the North Crystal River. It's accessible only by 4WD with high ground clearance, preferably a short wheelbase-- so a Jeep or a Land Cruiser...More

Thank MunichEricJ
Reviewed 4 October 2018

A great photo location but not easy to reach. It's about 6 miles outside the small town of Marble, CO on this rocky, rugged, non-maintained, cliff hugging, 4 wheel drive only, one way road. You could get a 4WD and drive yourself but your not...More

2  Thank StonebridgeDapper
Reviewed 2 October 2018

We took the 3-hour jeep guided tour up to Crystal Mill on a perfectly beautiful fall day with a clear blue sky and non-stop sunshine. What a wonderful change of pace from Pittsburgh! The driver was a little slow, but you can only go so...More

Thank dianeloverich
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Have to hike, or 4x4, its impressing, winter as summer, highly recommended in September, or spring. not hot and beautiful.

Thank RockiesLimo
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

I would not recommend doing this trip alone. Rough road to hike on and not much foot traffic if do fall or get hurt. Worth it in the end for sure. Beautiful.

Thank Sherpa819424
Reviewed 18 September 2018

We went here after spending a day at Beaver Lake in Marble, CO. The road is narrow and filled with small to medium sized rocks. We took a crew cab Ford F-150 stock and had no problems except when we needed to pull out of...More

Thank Sarah T
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

This hardscrabble mining relic is worth seeing, but it is hardly close to Gunnison. It would be much more accurate to state the closest large town is Carbondale or Glenwood Springs. Yes, the road really does require a high-clearance 4wd with rugged tires, and some...More

4  Thank Further_to_Fly
Reviewed 13 August 2018

Because it's on the cover of a ghost towns book, I had to visit myself. It really is an awesome piece of Colorado's vanishing mining history. The only thing I didn't like was having a guy in camo smoking a cigarette and watching my every...More

1  Thank Ken S
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4 September 2018|
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Response from Further_to_Fly | Reviewed this property |
There are a lot of Colorado fall color sites on the web so Google some of them for some forecasts. Historically, mid to late September has been the peak time, with some color lingering into early October. Dry years tend to... More
6 June 2018|
Response from Further_to_Fly |
Yes, you can get to the mill and beyond. The road is narrow, so a vehicle that bid will have occasional passing standoffs and underbrush scratches.