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Redstone General Forest Area





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General Description

Overlooking the Crystal River Valley from the lower end of the Placita Trail
Copyright: Zander Higbie-Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Overlooking the Crystal River Valley from the lower end of the Placita Trail
Redstone provides access to a varied group of recreation opportunities. The Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness Area and White River National Forest comprise the public lands in the area. Activities include but are not limited to hiking, horseback riding, backpacking, fishing, mountain bike riding, motorcycle and OHV riding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

Redstone is also a historic district that began as a coal mining town. The Redstone Castle, built by the mine owner, and the coke ovens, which line Highway 133, are standing reminders of the bygone mining economy that stimulated settlement of the area.

Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel south on Hwy. 133 to Redstone.

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



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Redstone General Forest Area - Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness Area
Yes
ICON Family Camping Redstone General Forest Area - Redstone Campground, Avalanche Campground
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Redstone General Forest Area - Crystal River
Yes
ICON Forest Areas Redstone General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Redstone General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Redstone General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Mushroom Identification Redstone General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Viewing Historic Sites Redstone General Forest Area - Redstone Castle, Redstone Coke Ovens
Yes
ICON Road Biking Redstone General Forest Area - West Elk Loop Scenic Drive
Yes
ICON Scenic Driving Redstone General Forest Area - West Elk Loop Scenic Drive
Yes



Related Activities
Braderich Creek Trail - This trail travels through open meadows and aspen. It is an easy hike, but there is very little water along the way. Be sure and treat any water that you may drink.

Capitol Creek Trail - A good backpacking trail with access to the Avalanche Creek Trail, West Snowmass Trail and Capitol Peak. This area is popular with horseback riders, hikers, and climbers.

South Thompson Trail - This is a popular bike loop route from Carbondale to Redstone. There is very little water along the trail.



More Information

Visitor Information:

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

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