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Marble General Forest Area





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General Description

Built in 1893 the Crystal Mill is located five miles from Marble, Colorado, and considered one of the most photographed sites in the state
Copyright: Sally Jakeway-USDA Forest Service
Built in 1893 the Crystal Mill is located five miles from Marble, Colorado, and considered one of the most photographed sites in the state
This General Forest Area surrounds the town of Marble located on road #314 off Highway 133 south of Carbondale. A variety of recreation opportunities are accessible from this location including, but not limited to hiking, biking, motorcycle riding, horseback riding and fishing.

The terrain surrounding Marble is mountainous. Two main attractions in the area include the Maroon-Snowmass Wilderness Area and the Crystal Mill Historic Site. The area was originally settled in the 1880s because of it's mineral wealth. Today, it is home to the Colorado Outward Bound School and many outdoor enthusiasts.

Directions from Carbondale: Drive 21 miles south of Carbondale on Highway 133, turn on to road #3 -which becomes Forest Road 314. Travel approximately six miles to the town of Marble.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through September (NOTE: Snow may prevent access to roads and trails in high elevations.) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Dan and Sue (Highland, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We started in Mt Crested Butte and drove until there was a Dire Warning sign that said you must have a high clearance 4WD vehicle to make it through. We had to cross a running stream and very rough road to get where were. Ther were about 20 people just sitting around their vehicles enjoying the day. It was a rough trip back out. Another day we tried to come at it from Marble but the road again became too rough. I'll never forget this road trip.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Marble General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Camping Marble General Forest Area - Bogan Flats Campground, primitive sites
Yes
ICON Cross-country Skiing Marble General Forest Area - Lead King Basin, Schofield Pass, Crystal River Roads
Yes
ICON History Marble General Forest Area - Crystal Mill Documentary Site
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Marble General Forest Area - Crystal River, Geneva Lake, Beaver Lake
Yes
ICON Forest Areas Marble General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Marble General Forest Area - Lead King Basin, Crystal River Roads
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Marble General Forest Area and hiking trails
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Marble General Forest Area - Lead King Basin, Schofield Pass, Crystal River Roads
Yes
ICON ATV Riding Marble General Forest Area - Lead King Basin, Schofield Pass, Crystal River Roads
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Marble General Forest Area - Lead King Basin, Schofield Pass, Crystal River Roads
Yes
ICON Picnicking Marble General Forest Area - Bogan Flats Group Picnic Area
Yes
ICON Scenic Driving Marble General Forest Area - West Elk Loop Scenic Drive
Yes
ICON Snowmobiling Marble General Forest Area - Lead King Basin, Schofield Pass, Crystal River Roads
Yes
ICON Snowshoeing Marble General Forest Area - Lead King Basin, Schofield Pass, Crystal River Roads
Yes



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Visitor Information:

Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, 569 Main St. , Carbondale, CO, 81623, Phone: 970-963-1890

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